Mark Has Some Good News, Part 14, In Essentials Unity

When I originally did this blog post I polled Facebook to see what they thought of the bible verse. After a few days of waiting I got some great responses. Not the tidal wave of biblical commentary I expected fro the Social media giant, but still good stuff (Insert Sarcasm Sign Here".

All jokes aside, the best answer so far came from a former youth I used to pastor thanks Eder Edom, it's good to see you in the scriptures.

Here's the scripture again.

Mark 3:

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you." 33 And he answered them, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother."

And the answer I got from Eder.

"Isn't he basically saying that "earthly titles" mean nothing and that if you believe, everyone who believes is your true family?"

And I think Eder hit the nail on the head. The lesson to learn from this passage is similar to the purpose of the blog. I quote the Free Church motto often. Not because I used to work at a free church and have a connection anymore. But because I believe that this is the same thing Jesus is teaching us here.

In the heart of all Christians I believe there is the same desire. This desire is one of the main essentials of the faith. It's what brings us across the line after salvation to discipleship. That desire is to follow Christ and his example. And that desire's fruit is what we would call sanctification or "becoming more like Christ"

And it's that pursuit of Christ likeness that I think Jesus is pointing out. His family had no excuse to not know how to be like Jesus, they lived with him. And we as new believers should be trying to find a knowledge of him as if we were his brother, mother, or sister.