“February 6–12. John 2–4: ‘Ye Must Be Born Again,’” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023 (2022)
“February 6–12. John 2–4,” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: 2023
Record Your Impressions
At a marriage feast in Cana, Christ changed water into wine—an event John called the “beginning of miracles” (John 2:11). That’s true in more than one sense. While this was the first miracle Jesus performed publicly, it can also symbolize another miraculous beginning—the process of our hearts being transformed as we become ever more like our Savior. This miracle of a lifetime begins with the decision to follow Jesus Christ, to change and live a better life through Him. This miracle can be so life-changing that being “born again” is one of the best ways to describe it (John 3:7). But rebirth is just the beginning of the path of discipleship. Christ’s words to the Samaritan woman at the well remind us that if we continue on this path, eventually the gospel will become “a well of water” inside us, “springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).
As you read about the Savior changing water into wine in John 2:1–11, you may gain additional insights by considering the perspectives of the different people who were there, including Mary, the disciples, and others. If you had witnessed the events described here, what would your impressions of Jesus have been? What does this miracle teach you about Him?
When Nicodemus came to Jesus in private, he was a cautious observer. Later, however, he publicly defended Jesus (see John 7:45–52) and joined the believers at the Savior’s burial (see John 19:38–40). What teachings do you find in John 3:1–21 that might have inspired Nicodemus to follow Jesus and be born again?
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught, “Being born again, comes by the Spirit of God through ordinances” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith , 95). What role did your baptism and confirmation—being “born of water and of the Spirit” (John 3:5)—play in your being born again? What are you doing to continue this process of change? (see Alma 5:11–14).
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught, “The first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength” (“Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 127). How have you felt the love of God through the gift of His Son?
The sacrament provides a time to reflect on the love of God and the gift of His Son. What sacrament hymns help you feel this love? What could you do to make the sacrament more meaningful?
As you continue to read about the Savior’s teachings and ministry, ask yourself how the things you read help you understand and feel God’s love.
Some may be confused by Jesus’s statement that God is a spirit. The Joseph Smith Translation of this verse provides an important clarification: “For unto such hath God promised his Spirit” (in John 4:24, footnote a). Modern revelation also teaches that God has a body of flesh and bones (see Doctrine and Covenants 130:22–23; see also Genesis 5:1–3; Hebrews 1:1–3).
What might Jesus have meant when He told the Samaritan woman that whoever drinks the water He offers will never thirst? How is the gospel like living water?
One of the Savior’s messages to the Samaritan woman was that how we worship is more important than where we worship (see John 4:21–24). What are you doing to “worship the Father in spirit and in truth”? (John 4:23).
As your family reads these chapters this week, pay special attention to how the Savior used everyday things—birth, wind, water, and food—to teach spiritual truths. What items in your home can you use to teach spiritual truths?
As you study these chapters, consider watching videos together that depict these events: “Jesus Turns Water into Wine,” “Jesus Cleanses the Temple,” “Jesus Teaches of Being Born Again,” and “Jesus Teaches a Samaritan Woman” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
What impure influences does your family need to keep out of your home so it will be a sacred place—like the temple? What will you do to keep those things out?
Talk with your family about the miracle of pregnancy and birth—the process of creating a living, intelligent being. Jesus taught that we must be reborn before entering the kingdom of God. Why is rebirth a good metaphor for the change required of us before we can enter the kingdom of God? How can we experience the process of spiritual rebirth?
Invite family members to restate these verses in their own words as if they were explaining them to a friend. How has Jesus Christ helped us feel God’s love?
What was the Savior teaching us when He compared His gospel to living water? Maybe your family could look at some running water and describe the qualities of water. Why do we need to drink water every day? In what ways is Jesus Christ’s gospel like “a well of water springing up into everlasting life”? (John 4:14).
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.
Suggested song: “God’s Love,” Children’s Songbook, 97.