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John 2:4: Did Jesus commit sin to his mother?

Some Muslims say that Jesus did sin and they to the following Gospel verse: "Woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My hour has not yet come" (John 2:4). The verse suggests that Jesus refused to be guided by his mother. He let her know that he breaks off from her control. Is it possible to call the action of Jesus sin?

1. Jesus treated his mother with affection

Jesus called his mother Mary “woman”. This was a common practice for Jews to show great respect to a person. This was no show of disrespect, but an action of tenderness and affection. Therefore in the reply of Jesus to his mother there was no disrespect. He used the same word when speaking to her with affection from the cross: “Woman, why are you crying?” (John 20:13).

2. Jesus warned against idolatry of Mary

With the words “why do you involve me?”, Jesus gave a clear warning that people cannot make of his mother Mary a goddess to worship. When Jesus was a young boy, he did a similar thing by saying when his parents lost him in the temple: “Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn"t you know I had to be in my Father"s house?” (Luke 2:49). Jesus kept distance of Mary as a young boy and also later when he started his ministry. Later when his mother was searching him for a talk, Jesus said: “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” (Matthew 12:48). A denial of his relation with Mary, because Jesus answered the question with: “Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers” (Matthew 12:49). The intention of Jesus is to say to his mother that she can have no claim on him. Mary, the mother of Jesus had to be satisfied with the fact that Jesus had a Father in heaven and that his ministry had nothing in common with her. This is a strong denial that Mary, the mother of Jesus cannot have an extraordinary nature. Jesus denied any idolatry of Mary.

3. Conclusion

Jesus did not sin, when he said his mother cannot guide him in his ministry. He was aware of the sensitivity of people to give his mother a higher honor than she deserved.