Jesus' Brother

“Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?” (Matt. 12:47-48) Jesus was the master of the teachable moment. In this passage, some well-meaning people inform Jesus that his family is waiting to talk to Him. I used to think that Jesus’ response was somewhat disrespectful to his family but looking closer, it seems that while Jesus loved his own family, he recognized the opportunity to use this moment to teach his audience a profound truth.

There are many different ways that the Bible describes our relationship to Christ. He is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is our Master, Savior, Redeemer, King, Messiah, Way to the Father, Bread of Life, Door that leads to heaven, and even friend, among many other designations. This passage, however reveals a unique dimension of our relationship to Jesus.

“And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matt. 12:49-50)

If we do the will of the Father, we are his family—fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers! What is the will of the Father? Jesus said it was to believe in Him whom the Father sent. It is an absolute wonder that Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Universe, would gladly claim us as his own family!There is a very special relationship designated by being called His family.

Although families do not always live this out, one of the most significant things about this relationship is that it is meant to last forever. Friends come and go, co-workers move on, neighbors and other acquaintances drift away but when one returns home, like it or not, the family is meant to be there.

Another thing that is significant about being Jesus’ family is the familiarity that comes with being that close to Him. This familiarity tends to break down our famililial relations because we take each other for granted, get annoyed with each other, hurt each other, etc. When we love our fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, however, it is because we can look past all of the difficulties and offences, to see the importance of God-ordained relationships that transcend our problems with each other. Being in Jesus’ family, however, is perfect because even though we continually offend and hurt Him, He loves us and overlooks our faults, even to the point of completely forgetting them when we come to Him in repentance!

There are so many more things that could be said about the wonders of being Jesus’ family! I hope that I will continue to think on this and value what I have as a brother of Christ!