The Family of God

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 3:20-21, 31-35

Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother. (v. 35)

Because they receive so little attention in the Gospels, we may sometimes forget that Jesus actually had a human family. He was born into a Jewish home and grew up in Galilee with a mother, father, and siblings. In the initial verses of our Bible reading today, we see the biological family of Jesus very concerned about him. They heard about all he was doing, not even stopping to eat, so they rushed out to lay hold of him and take him back home. They feared that he was “out of his mind” (v. 21)

One of the great things about families is that they can provide safety and security. What concerned Jesus’ family was that he was taking risks with his life. He was putting himself in danger and they wanted to sweep in and protect him.

Obviously, in Jesus, we have a Savior who was willing to put his life on the line for us. He was willing to go all the way to the cross in order to offer his life as a sacrifice for our sins.

His biological family, at this point, could not understand that. For Jesus, family is not limited to those to whom he was related biologically. “Whoever does the will of God” is part of his family. Whoever does God’s will. Is that you? —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for opening your family to all of us. Help us this day and every day to do your will. Amen.