FAMILY OF BELIEVERS

MUSINGS – June 02 2018

FAMILY OF BELIEVERS

Mark 3:20-21 & 3:31-35
Then Jesus went home. Another crowd gathered so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard about it, they went to get him. They said, “He’s out of his mind!”
Then his mother and his brothers arrived. They stood outside and sent someone to ask him to come out. The crowd sitting around Jesus told him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside looking for you.” He replied to them, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Then looking at those who sat in a circle around him, he said, “Look, here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does what God wants is my brother and sister and mother.”

The first church that I attended call everybody brother or sister, as in, “Good morning, Brother Tom or Brother Williams.” It was a nice reminder that we are family. However, it had a tenancy to become formalized, that is calling someone brother was almost a title such as doctor.

In our scripture reading, when Jesus’s family heard that he was continuing to minister at the possible expense if his own health, they thought he was crazy and went to him.

At this point some strange dynamics take place. The family arrived at his home and send word to him that they are outside and ask that he come out to them.

I find it odd that they didn’t go in to him, but rather wanted him to come to them. Did that seem strange to you?

It appears that it was unacceptable to Jesus. He didn’t go out to his family. Instead he clarified whom he called family, those who do God’s will and work.

Who are your true family?

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams

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