Who is the family of Jesus? Mark 3:31-35 talks about how Jesus describes His true family. And no, Christ did not shun His family in this study lesson from Mark.
Yes, His mother was Mary and He loved her dearly. But, Jesus loves each of us just as much when we choose to accept Him as Savior.
He explains how important it was (and is) to follow Him.
So, any time we do the work of God, we are part of the family.
Who is the family of Christ? Jesus Describes His True Family
Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.
A crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.”
Answering them, He said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”
Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers!
For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.” – Mark 3:31-35 NASB
Is This a Riddle?
Jesus used virtually every incident as a teaching opportunity. At first glance, we assume that Jesus cared little for His physical family and only thought of His followers.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
In reality, Jesus cared deeply for His mother and family. Even as He hung on the cross Christ asked John to take care of Mary.
But, He also cared just as deeply for those who followed “God’s will”.
What does this mean to us as Christians?
Jesus showed equal love to everyone then. And, He still shows that same love today to anyone who chooses to follow Him.
Challenge to Churches as the Family of Jesus
We, as a church, can show love and create relationships that many people cannot find in today’s impersonal world.
Let’s remember who our true family is – and treat them as such.
Love in Christ
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