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After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.
After Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, His calling of the Disciples, and the launch of His ministry at Cana, He took a short Holiday. He was on the verge of a 3 1/2 year run that would change humanity forever, and what did He do? He RESTED! But He didn’t rest alone. Instead He decided to … “Take Time with Friends and Family.”
Have you ever arrived at a place in your life where you thought to yourself, “I just can’t keep carrying this load?” I know I have. It’s a place that begs for a break. By “Break,” I’m suggesting getting away from it all. Not forever, just for awhile. Oftentimes in Scripture, we are shown Jesus breaking away from the crowds to PRAY. But on this occasion, the scripture says He went to Capernaum with His Mother, Brothers, and His Disciples. These were His most trusted family and friends. It’s important to note that Jesus didn’t go alone to be on Holiday. NO! Instead He took HIS #1 Team! It’s not relaxing to relax all by yourself. Those who think they need a break by themselves will sometimes experience unrest more than rest. Here was the Creator of the universe saying to Family and Friends, “Let’s get out of here, let’s take a BREAK.” After this break, Jesus went on a torrid schedule of work and ministry. It included: constant travel, constant ministry, constant communication, and constant people. But because He launched this “Humanity Changing Mission” with a personal break, it serves as a reminder to all of us that there’s just so much a body can take and then it’s time for a break. As we approach this season of Christian history, remember to “Take Time with Family and Friends.”
Thank You for reminding me this AM that our bodies need rest and relaxation. As You took time with “Family and Friends” it helped prepare You for the arduous road ahead. I won’t forget it! Amen