These passages can be split up into two seemingly unrelated topics. God’s true family and the evil generation around Jesus. In verses 38-45 Jesus talks about the people before him and how they demand for a sign or miracle from Him to actually believe that He’s Lord and Savior. He brings up the repentance of Nineveh after Jonah preached to them and how through the miracle of Jesus’ upcoming resurrection they still won’t repent. He uses harsh words for them in calling them evil and adulterous and he even compares them to a situation when an evil spirit returns to a person with several more demons leaving the person in a worse state than when they started. Jesus is trying to show His people and us that if you continue to reject His divine authority, even after witnessing it, their hearts and condition will be worse than if they had never seen Him. This is true for people today as well. There’s a difference between people being ignorant to the Gospel and those who know and see the life changing power of the Gospel and still deny it.
In verses 46-50 a man interrupts Jesus by telling Him that his mother and brothers are trying to speak to Him. Jesus reaches for the disciples with Him and answers back that the people who do God’s will are his true family. This important comment by Jesus should give Christians great perspective and hope. Perspective in knowing that family should definitely be a priority in our life but not a bigger priority then accomplishing God’s will.
As a husband and father I have been entrusted with some important roles that ultimately reflect the Gospel in my marriage and the Heavenly Father in my interaction with my children. But Jesus’ statement also reveals that my brothers and sisters in Christ need to see those things as well and will be a closer family in certain areas then those in my blood family who don’t know Christ. It doesn’t mean that I am not faithful with the responsibilities I’ve been given with my physical family but instead to have perspective. It also should give the family of God great hope. I’ve been in ministry long enough to see those with very dysfunctional family situations who genuinely receive Christ into their lives almost always suffer during holidays and other tough times in their life. The church should be there for those people and show them that they look at them as true family when they are suffering and need encouragement.
By: Erik Koliser