Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’ family’

Luke 8:19-21 His Family

The Family of God

The Family of God

Luke shares with us today yet another familiar story. This story is about Jesus and His two families. He has an Earthly family and a Heavenly family. Part of Jesus’ Heavenly family was on Earth with Him. He defines them today in His lesson to the crowd.

When Jesus’ Earthly family showed up in our story they are there to take Him away. They don’t want to embarrass Him in front of all His followers. They also can’t get into where He is. So they send someone to ask Him to come outside and talk to them.

Everything He had been doing since entering His public ministry was straining their patience. His brothers and sisters didn’t believe He was who He said He was. Somehow they had even convinced His mother to go along with them. Was there something specific He did that pushed them over the edge? Was Mary for concerned with how the crowd was impacting His daily activities or His claims? Jesus was being hounded by the crowds wherever He went. He didn’t have any privacy. He had little time to Himself and was even interrupted when trying to eat. Did Mary have concerns for His health because of His “work load?” Read more »

Matthew 12:46-50 Who is Jesus’ Family

One Big Family

One Big Family

We are continuing with Jesus as He is still with the crowd. As near as I can tell, this is the same crowd where the Pharisees called the Holy Spirit Beezlebul and where the man who was demon oppressed was healed. I’m making this assumption because Matthew hasn’t moved us on from that crowd yet. Matthew has changed the setting a little in today’s lesson by putting Jesus inside a house or structure. He didn’t put Him there in the beginning though, and that is why I’m not CERTAIN this is the same crowd. Honestly though, for our story it doesn’t make a lot of difference today. So let’s just jump in with whoever Jesus is with now.

While Jesus is talking about the boomerang demon issue, He is approached by someone. The man approaching Him is trying to get Jesus’ attention to let Him know that His family is waiting outside to talk to Him. In Mark 3:21 we are told that Jesus’ family thought He was nuts for saying that He was the Son of God, the Messiah. They were trying to shut Him up and drag Him away quietly so He would quit embarrassing the family. That was their mission when they arrived. What ever happened to, “Mary treasured these things in her heart?” Joseph is apparently not around to straighten things out. How did Mary, who was SO strong in the beginning, get to this point? What filled her with doubt? Read more »