Devotion: Remembering Jesus as a Family Member On Earth

“When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’ ‘Woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.'” (John 2:3-5)

Families can be an incredible blessing. I really don’t know how I could have survived so long if my family had not been there for me throughout my affliction. Yet there are times when families can also be a challenge.

I love the scripture that tells about Jesus’ mother wanting Him to help the wedding family that ran out of wine. I love it not so much because of the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine, but because it reminds us that Jesus too had a family here on earth that He interacted with. Jesus also had a mother.

Life can be challenging enough for those with afflictions just trying to sort out their own fears, anxieties, expectations, frustrations, and disappointments. Add to that expectations from family and friends and those with health limitations find themselves with additional challenges and obligations.

I think Jesus must have felt obliged to do something for His mother, much more so to than to do something for the wedding party. Otherwise Jesus would have just went ahead and turned water into wine without His mother pestering Him to do so. Yes, I said pestering. That conversation between Jesus and His mother happens every day across the world as mothers are nudging their sons to do things and the sons reluctantly respond.

It is encouraging to know that Jesus had family and obligations to His family. It reminds us of the human side of Jesus, and it reminds us that He understands what it is like to have a family with all its pressures and blessings.

With the holidays upon us, pressure on the afflicted is magnified, both from our own expectations and the expectations others have for us. This can make it even more difficult to accomplish our goals, and cause us to fall short of unrealistic expectations. We need to allow ourselves some room to breath. We need to let family and friends know about our limitations and that we may not be able to do everything we might like during the holidays.

It is better to be honest than stretch ourselves to the breaking point and put additional stress on our relationships as well by making unrealistic promises.

Prayer: Dear Lord, strengthen each of us through this season of gathering with friends and family, and help us to stay honest with ourselves and others about our afflictions and limitations. Amen.

About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. The Lord has blessed him with a wonderful family.

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What feelings does it give you to think of Jesus as part of a family here on earth?

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5 Responses to Devotion: Remembering Jesus as a Family Member On Earth

  1. Thank you for your thought provoking devotion. None of our families are perfect…a more positive of way of saying that all of our families are dysfunctional, as I heard one speaker say recently. The Lord is teaching me TONS as I learn to live in daily contact with my elderly mother. I have not lived in the same community with her in 30 years. She is very demanding and I have struggled to accept that there is not enough of me to meet her needs. But then, I am reminded that Jesus himself had to retreat for times of prayer and renewal when the demands on him became overwhelming. Why should it surprise me, then, that I need boundaries and times for renewal and retreat. How important it is to remember that I cannot meet my mother’s needs, but Christ can. Peace, healing etc. Only He can meet these needs. There may not be enough of me, but there is always strength enough in and through Him.

  2. Thank you Robyn for your thoughtful comments.

  3. Karlton: I don’t think very much about Jesus as a member of a family when he was here on earth unless the other members are mentioned in the portion of Scripture I’m reading. So your devotional has given me food for thought. I’m sure they were in his mind all through his earthly life. And he obviously had conflicts with them.

    We know he can empathize with us when we are misunderstood by our families. What a comfort that is.

    I recently wrote down two things that I felt would make this Christmas more meaningful to me. One was to carve out times of solitude and the second was to give myself permission to be me. I’ve struggled with both of these, but I don’t think I’m being selfish to follow through with them.

    Hang in there brother! For this we have Jesus!

  4. Beth, it is a very good idea to take time for solitude and be accepting of ourselves.
    Knowing that Jesus had family on earth reminds us that He has gone through similar circumstances to our own. There are a number of interesting verses that remind us that our Lord had to deal with family members. Mark chapter 3 is quite interesting, especially these verses:

    20 Then Jesus went home. Another crowd gathered so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. 21 When his family heard about it, they went to get him. They said, “He’s out of his mind!”


  5. Thanks Karlton for the affirmation. And yes, some may even think something similar of many of us, as in the passage you mentioned.

    That must have hurt Jesus, even tough He had perfect confidence that He was in His Father’s will. But he also understood their perception perfectly too.

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