The problems of family
Mark 3: 31 – 35 “Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” 33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
We have seen these last few days how very early on in his ministry Jesus faces challenges from relatives and friends, the obvious religious teachers but now in these verses from his own immediate family. Mary and her other sons, Jesus’ brothers arrive. They are of the same opinion of his relatives and friends, ‘He is out of his mind’ and they are worried for him and for the disgrace on their family.
They cannot enter into the house because the crowd is too large. They stand outside and send someone in with a message for Jesus to basically come out to meet them. They were looking for him in order to stop this ministry that is becoming out of hand.
Before the scene closes Jesus invites all those in the house to be part of his family.
There is a family outside and a family inside.
- There is a difference between looking for Jesus and pursuing him.
- There is a difference between waiting for Jesus to come to you and pushing through the crowd to be with him.
- There is a difference between the family that want to preserve their name at all costs and the family who want to honour God’s name by doing His work.