Who is My Family?

Matthew 12:49-50

49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Jesus was quite a busy man.  In this chapter, he healed a man with a shriveled hand and challenged the Pharisees about what the Sabbath was for.  Was it to do good or evil?  He continued to drive out a demon out of a demon-possessed man.  He continued to challenge the Pharisees when they asked for a sign or a miracle.  Then out of the blue, his brother and his mothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.  Perhaps, they wanted to tell Jesus to tone it down a bit and stop offending the Pharisees?  The Pharisees were a powerful group and perhaps they also wanted to warn him that it is dangerous to be in opposition to the Pharisees.  Maybe a Pharisee spoke to Mary and his brothers and said something along the lines about Jesus going overboard and not following their traditions.

When told about his mother and brothers wanting to talk to him, he made it clear that his true family is a spiritual family.  He considers whoever does the will of his Father in heaven is part of his family.  He’s not disowning his family, but stressing the importance of obedience to God and that I can call him my brother when I’m doing the will of God.  It makes me think that when I’m not doing God’s will, I can still think of him as my big brother and he’s encouraging me to get back on track and do what is right.  Ultimately, it comes down to my heart and how open it is to doing God’s will versus wanting to do things my way.

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