Tuesday, 05 April 2016 05:45

Two Families

Written by  Sam Whatley
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Jesus had two families. So have we.

The Gospel of Mark gives us a hint of Jesus’ relationship with his earthly family. Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him for they said, “He is out of his mind” (Mark 3:20-21 NIV).


Now, we don’t know what Jesus’ family was thinking. Perhaps they figured Jesus had gotten in over his head. He was healing people and casting out demons so fast that crowds were closing in on him. He didn’t have time to eat. Somebody needed to sit him down and explain that he had to slow down. He couldn’t keep healing everybody right and left. Where would it all end?


Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”


“Who are my mother and brothers?” he asked.


Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:31-34 NIV).


So there is His second family, the family of God. The Apostle John would say it this way:Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God (John 1:12 NIV).


Jesus made it plain that His spiritual family was His real family. That’s because his relationship with the Heavenly Father was more important than anything else. If we love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind, it will be that way with us, too. As much as we love our flesh and blood and the one we marry, we love God more.


Our parents and our brothers and sisters usually remember the way we were as children. It’s natural for them to do so, but it can keep them from seeing who we are in Christ.


When Jesus went back to his hometown wesee another interesting scene:


“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?”And they took offense at him.


Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”(Mark 6:2-4 NIV).


We, too, have two families. The bonds of blood and marriage that hold us so tightly to people now are temporary. People pass away; people move; people wake up one morning and decide not to speak to you again. But the spiritual bonds that hold us to our Lord and to other believers are eternal. We live forever with those who love the Lord and love each other.


Earthly families are important. We are to honor our parents and show respect to our brothers and sisters.  But the question of who we are changes when we accept Christ. We are not just so-and-so’s spouse, son, daughter, brother or sister anymore. If we are in Christ, He is our brother, and we share in His holy family. We become bonded to His people of other cultures, races, and ways of life. And we feel a kinship when we are with them that is beyond what we can feel for our own relatives who do not know the Lord.


Jesus’ relatives misunderstood him.  And don’t be surprised if your earthly family misjudges you, especially when you are called to do or say something for Christ. When we take a stand for truth and decency, when we stand up for Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, we need to be prepared for pushback. Someone we really care about may say, “He is out of his mind.”




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