Mark 3:31-34 (ESV)
“And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!”
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, the Scriptures refer to God as our Father and us as His children. Jesus states his relationship quite plainly in Mark 3:31-34 when his earthly mother and brothers are seeking him.
Imagine with me being one of Jesus’ earthly siblings in that moment. The brother from the same womb as you was being accused of being crazy because of his teachings. He had gone inside a home and crowds were packing the street so that you could not even get to your brother.
Your face may be flushed with embarrassment as you overhear the crowd saying that this Jesus is out of his mind. Someone states that they think this man is from satan because he can drive out demons. Your stomach is in knots as you try to get your brother out of there so that he stops embarrassing himself. You don’t believe he is anything special, let alone the Savior the sacred law prophesied about.
You finally get close enough to deliver a message to someone familiar who can deliver a message to Jesus through the crowd that you are there. You want to get him out of the situation he has put himself in. You long to not be known as the brother of someone who is out of their mind. You love this man who grew up beside you. You played with him as a child skipping rocks in the dust on long walks with your family. You ate beside him at family meals.
Word finally gets to him that you are there seeking him and his reply: “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
What would your response be? I can only imagine a face palm and a feeling of additional frustration before walking away feeling diminished.
That is how we feel when we don’t take the scripture words to heart. Instead of recognizing the power, authority and unity of being a part of the family of God, we slink away frustrated and feeling as though we are still slaves.
Galatians 4:1-7 reminds us of our adoption into God’s family:
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
We have something that Jesus’ earthly brothers approaching him at that house did not have - the end of the story. We know the prophecies that were taught hundreds of years before Jesus’ arrival. We know the history of Jesus’ life. We also can read on the historical crucifixion and resurrection. We know who Jesus was prophesied to be, who he lived to be and in the end who he was. This knowledge of who Jesus is releases us from the slavery of fear, abandonment, the feeling of being alone, rejection, and the hold of our sins. Read more on the importance of Jesus as our brother in Jesus Is Our Kinsman Redeemer (linked)
Jesus is our brother. And what a brother to have!
Are you struggling to have confidence in his love for you? Live in the Round writer, Kristen, shares her struggle to believe his love here.
Thank you that our generation has knowledge of so much rich history. Through the lives of those gone before us, we have the opportunity to learn more about who You are. To be called a sister of Jesus is an honor. Thank you for adopting me into Your family. Let this knowledge of who Jesus is permeate my heart so that I may move forward in bold faith of the life You are calling me to lead.