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Jesus' Family
by Richard Burroughs
08/03/09
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Jesusí Family
Who are the members of Jesusí family? Here in Mk 3:34-35 Jesus tells us that they are those who do the will of God. Elsewhere, in Luke 2:49, we see Jesus asking his parents why they were looking for him, that He should be about His Fatherís business. Looking at this I feel we see the first part of doing the will of God and being included in Jesusí family, that is being busy about the Fatherís business rather than our own. Doing the will of God begins with us making our business to do the business of the Father.
What did Jesus mean though by saying, ďwho is my mother and brotherĒ? What meaning should this have to the Christian? First, what is it that makes a person a Christian? Jesus said that if a person would follow Him, he must forsake mother, father, sister, and brother, and his own life also, Lu 14:26, 33, Mt 10:37. Imagine what the disciples may have thought had Jesus stopped preaching and gone to see what His mother and brothers wanted. They may have then questioned why He would call them to forsake all if He was unwilling to do so himself.
We also read in John 7:5 that neither did His brethren believe in Him. Many today are teaching that if you get saved your whole family will be saved, and they base this on Acts 16:30-31 where the jailer asked Paul how to be saved, and Paul told him to believe on Jesus and he and his house shall be saved. However, Jesus said that a manís foes would be those of his own household, Mt 10:36. How often does a man come to the Lord and those of his family turn their back on him and disown him because of his believe in Jesus. My firm belief here is that Jesus was setting the example that even though our family members may fail to believe, we must be about our Fatherís business.



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Gay L Hall 03 Aug 2009
AMEN BROTHER, AND AMEN! This is the difference in a Christian and a worldling. Christians are to be about the Fathers business, while worldlings are about their own. Wake-up Church, Wake-up, in Jesus name I ask it! Keep telling them brother! God Bless you!




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