What Jesus Did! 'Family Time' — John 2:12

Monday, February 3, 2014

Then Jesus went to the town of Capernaum. Jesus' mother and brothers and his followers went with him. They all stayed in Capernaum a few days.
— John 2:12
Illustration of John 2:12 — Then Jesus went to the town of Capernaum. Jesus' mother and brothers and his followers went with him. They all stayed in Capernaum a few days.

Key Thought

Ministry can be euphoric. Ministry can be discouraging. Ministry is always dangerous. In fact, the euphoria can be more dangerous than the discouragement. Many of God's greatest servants faltered in times of victory and success. Jesus, however, frequently gets away from the mayhem of the masses. Regularly it is for time to be alone with God. Frequently it is to be with his closest disciples. Occasionally, it is simply for time with his family and friends. Those of us who want so much to serve him must learn this vital lesson. We need rest. We need nourishment. We need friendship. We need family. Let's not let the euphoria of being used by Jesus lead us to an arrogance that we don't need others.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for trying to do so much and hoard my experience of you to myself. Give me a better sense of balance, a holy sense of rest, and a genuine sense of value in being with people I need and who need me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there. Jesus and his followers were also invited to the wedding. At the wedding there was not enough wine. After the wine was all gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." Jesus answered, "Dear woman, you should not tell me what to do. It is not yet time for me to begin my work." Jesus' mother said to the servants, "Do what Jesus tells you to do." In that place there were six large waterpots made of stone. The Jews used waterpots like these in their washing ceremonies. Each waterpot held about 20 or 30 gallons. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill those waterpots with water." So the servants filled the pots to the top. Then Jesus said to the servants, "Now take out some water. Carry the water to the master of the feast." So the servants brought the water to the master. Then the man in charge of the wedding feast tasted it, but the water had become wine. The man did not know where the wine came from. But the servants that brought the water knew where it came from. The master of the wedding called the bridegroom. He said to the bridegroom, "People always serve the best wine first. Later, after the guests have become drunk, people serve the cheaper wine. But you have saved the best wine until now." This was the first miracle that Jesus did. Jesus did this miracle in the town of Cana in Galilee. So Jesus showed his greatness. And his followers believed in him. Then Jesus went to the town of Capernaum. Jesus' mother and brothers and his followers went with him. They all stayed in Capernaum a few days.

John 2:1-12

Related Scripture Readings

But the news about Jesus spread more and more. Many people came to hear Jesus and to be healed of their sicknesses. Jesus often went away to other places to be alone so that he could pray.

Luke 5:15-16

Jesus and his followers were in a very busy place. There were many, many people. Jesus and his followers did not even have time to eat. Jesus said to his followers, "Come with me. We will go to a quiet place to be alone. There we will get some rest."

Mark 6:31

The next morning, Jesus woke up very early. Jesus left the house while it was still dark. He went to a place to be alone and pray. Later, Simon and his friends went to look for Jesus. They found Jesus and said, "All the people are looking for you!" Jesus answered, "We should go to another place. We can go to other towns around here. Then I can tell people {God's message} in those places also. That is why I came."

Mark 1:35-38

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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