07 Jun

and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:20-35, NRSV)

Who are Jesus’ mother and brothers and sisters?

There has been debate about this for a long time. Does Jesus have brothers and sisters from Mary?

Well that is not really a question for this reading. And Jesus Himself gives an answer to the question that does not answer the question.

Any one who does the will of my Father is my brother and sister and mother.

So if you are doing God’s will you are a brother or sister or mother of Christ!

And partly this is probably because after He had called the disciples to follow Him, His own family said He as crazy! Not only the religious authorities are against Him now, but also His family.

So do not be put off when doing the will of God is hard and people turn against you, because Jesus had to go against the authorities of the religious order of the day and His family!

Be doing the will of God, so you will counted as a part of the family of God, not the family that says He is crazy, but the family of co-inheritors!



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