Brothers and Sisters

Matthew 12:46-50 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Send for Him
46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”

48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”
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Luke 8:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Come to Him
19 Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”

21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

What takes precedence?

  • Matthew 10:34-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
    Christ Brings Division
    34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

=>Is Christ number 1 in our lives?

Who is my mother and who are my brothers? Who is my true family?

  • Whoever does the will of My Father is My brother, sister and mother –Mt 12:50
  • Those who hear the word of God and do it –Lk 8:21
  • * Jesus “natural family” thought He was out of His mind –Mk 3:21
    =>They did not yet believe in Him as the Messiah
    and were actually hindering His work –Jn 7:4-6;Acts 1:14
    * This rejection by His own family was predicted –Ps 69:8;Mic 7:6;Mt 10:34-39

=> How “whole-heartedly” are we seeking the Lord’s will and word?
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Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
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2 Chronicles 25:2Amaziah did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight, but not wholeheartedly.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 12:49

  • disciple[3101] = a learner, pupil

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From NetBible 2Chr 25:2

  • pleasing[03477] = straight, upright, correct, right

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