Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The family of Jesus

Mark 3:31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.
Mark 3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
Mark 3:33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
Mark 3:34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
Mark 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

His mother and brothers were outside calling him. Yes, he had brothers and sisters too.

Mat 13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
Mat 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Mat 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?

Why were they not inside where he was ministering. They called the Jesus they knew in the flesh, the older brother. His Father in heaven had called him to a greater calling. His close family was the family of God.
The word "brethren" could mean family or close relatives or brothers in the faith. The word "sisters" refers to natural family or the family of God.

The Catholics have taught that the virgin Mary; was a virgin and Jesus was virgin born which is true. They say that she remained an eternal virgin. The scriptures show to me that Jesus was the firstborn of Mary and of God. There were other brothers and sisters born in the natural, half brothers and sisters, with Joseph as the father. Jesus the firstborn and preeminent of God, also has a spiritual family. All who are born again in the Holy Spirit are of his family. We belong to the family of God our best family. Our unbelieving natural families see us as flesh family and do not understand that we are Spirit born into God's family.

The epistles of James and Jude were said to be written by the half brothers of Jesus who were converted after his resurrection. When Jesus was on the cross, he entrusted the care of Mary to his spiritual brother John. The Bible never shows Jesus calling Mary mother. He referred to her as "woman". Religion has exalted Mary as the eternal virgin and the Mother of God. I think they have given too much attention to Mary, making her an idol. Mary was a humble virgin, chosen to be the birth mother of the Messiah. Jesus is God the Son and we are to exalt him. Let us come together as own family in Christ Jesus.

John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
John  19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

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