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Nothing Like Family 

Mark 3:31-35

Early Tuesday morning I was getting ready to head for Oak Cliff to teach at Southern Bible after Spring Break when my phone rang. “We’re at the hospital!” No, this was not a bad call. It was all good. Harvey, my son-in-law, was letting us know that our daughter, Jenae, was going to have our sixth grandson, and the birth was imminent. 

Mary was on the road by nine-thirty, but Silas Isaiah Edwards, 9lbs 8oz, 21 inches, was already in his mother’s arms before she left. Mary made it to Tuscaloosa and is enjoying our newest grandson. 

Family—there’s nothing like it, and even the Romans and Greeks in the first century understood the pride parents and grandparents have in a growing family. What they didn’t get is that Jesus said that there were mother-son, brother-brother, and sister-sister relationships even deeper than the ties of blood. 

“Now his mother and his brothers came and they were standing outside. They sent word and called him. A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, ‘Look, your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside. They’re seeking you.’ He answered, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers? He looked at those sitting all around him and said, ‘Look, my mother and my brothers! For he who does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother!’”     Mark 3:31-35

We learned earlier in this episode that Jesus’ blood family were trying to forcefully take him home thinking that he had lost his mind (Mark 3:32). Even Mary, his mother, at this point in his ministry, was not understanding that he was God’s Son, the one who could forgive sins as proved by the miracles that he did. Later in the book of Acts after the resurrection we will see Mary and Jesus’ family joined with other believers in the upper room, but at this point they don’t get Jesus, and he uses their hardness of heart to underscore the divine family relationships that are far more important than our physical families. 

The Apostle Paul praises God the Father because through his son he has made us his sons and daughters (Ephesians 1:5). And doing the will of our Father, like Jesus stressed children must do, means that we need to treat one another who believe in Jesus across all racial, economic, or any other barriers as family in Christ. 

LORD, thanks that Jesus, a single man, showed us how to generate intimate family relationship that was open to all who believe and obey the Gospel. And thank you that the Wyrtzen-Edward family keeps growing, but even more that Jesus’ family is exploding around the world with new births.

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