Our scripture this morning is ‭‭Mark‬ ‭3:31-35‬.

Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.” Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

This can be a confusing passage in some ways. This is certainly not about Jesus rejecting His family. Family was extremely important in their society, perhaps even more so than today. Jesus is telling us how important family is by extending the definition of family.

He teaches us to see the relationship between God and us, as well as with all God’s children. He wants us to realize we are all connected and to treat each other with His love and care. Even those who have a difficult family relationship can find rest and comfort in God.

Jesus emphasizes the importance of loving each other, saying “Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (v. 35). We are all connected to and through our Savior and our Heavenly Father, who want us to see everyone as part of our family. This love will bind us together as one in eternity when Jesus returns to bring all His brothers and sisters home.

Loving Lord, we are grateful to be numbered among Your children. Help us to go in Your love to find all our brothers and sisters and live together until the day of Your coming. Amen.

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