46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and 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.”
In this event of Jesus’ life we find a strange response and a wonderful lesson.
The family of Jesus, Mary and his human brothers and sisters also born from Mary but with Joseph as the father, came to see Jesus. No doubt they came expecting him to give them an audience, at least to stop what he was doing and to come speak to them. We don’t know, but maybe they had decided to come with a special message or a special greeting for their now famous sibling. As we do know that the siblings did not believe that Jesus was the Christ until later, maybe they came to invite him back home. Whatever the reason they came, they expected Jesus to spend a moment with them.
But when the family of Jesus sent a message through a disciple that they were there, Jesus gave a very strange response: Jesus denied that they were his family! As Jesus looked across the multitude he waved his hand asked who were his brothers and sisters and mother but those who know the will of God and do it. If you were the family of Jesus that day you would have been deeply hurt at best and totally insulted at worse. However, 2000 years later, we should be thankful for the response of Jesus to his family for Jesus, that day, included every one of us who knows the will of God and does it as members of his eternal family!
Remember John 1:12? “But as many as receive him to them he gives the power (the authority) to become children of God, even to those who believe on his name.” When we come to God through Jesus Christ, God adopts us (Romans 8) into his eternal family and we become joint heirs with Jesus Christ, brothers and sisters of his forever. You see, Jesus knew exactly what he was saying that day when his family came to see him. Jesus wants all of us of all time to know who his true and eternal family was and that we would have the opportunity to be adopted into his family by the authority of God himself.
Take heart my friends; we who are in Christ before God are the eternal family of God.
Tonight is our final night of VBS. On the last night we invite the parents to hear the new songs and the new Bible verses that the children have learned. We recap the theme of the greatest treasure giving the gospel one more time to the children and especially to the parents. Then we have an ice cream party giving us an opportunity to mingle with the parents and talk with them about the Lord and their lives. Pray with us for unique opportunities tonight. Please pray also with us that the rain lets up this afternoon as the event works really well outside.
We are thankful for the many this week who have heard the gospel. We are still praying for children to come to Christ. Join us in this prayer today also.
Have a great day in the Lord,