Extended Family

She wanted to speak with him, but these people were as thick as a swarm of locusts. Whenever her other sons tried to push a path for her, the crowd closed ranks.

Shouldn’t a mother have privilege when it came to talking to her firstborn child?

Later she was told that someone had informed him of their presence. Seizing this moment as an opportunity to present a spiritual principle, Jesus then “pointed to his followers and said, ‘See! These people are my mother and my brothers. Yes, anyone who does what my Father in heaven wants is my true brother and sister and mother’” (Matthew 12:49-50 ERV).

Was this another one of those incidents that Mary, the mother of Jesus, pondered in her heart? Did she know Jesus was not rejecting her or his siblings? Did she ever understand the point Jesus was making?

He was using family ties as an object lesson. There is a spiritual family, and everyone who does the will of God the Father is a member of it. This eternal relationship is beyond the earthly bond.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
(1 John 3:1 NIV)


2 thoughts on “Extended Family

  1. Judy,
    This is the second time recently that I have read a commentary regarding family relationships.
    It is always good to be reminded of the gospel, Jesus’s teachings. For me they always bring encouragement and peace.
    Thank you for this commentary and your love for Christ and his people.
    Love, Helen


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