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Nov 4, 2014 1231
“Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you” ([tippy title=”Matthew 12:47″ class=”” showheader=”true” href=”” width=”450″ height=”50″]47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.[/tippy]).
Jesus’ mother and brothers, in their self-righteous mission to save their Son and sibling from his foolishness, had come “to take charge of him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind’” ([tippy title=”Mark 3:20-21″ class=”” showheader=”true” href=”” width=”450″ height=”120″]20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself[/tippy]). And, like the elder son in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, they refused to go into the house where he was ([tippy title=”See Luke 15:25-28″ class=”” showheader=”true” href=”” width=”500″ height=”250″]25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.[/tippy]) because they didn’t want to be identified with what he was doing. So they sent him a message requesting him to come out so they could talk some sense into him.
What was Jesus’ response? “Pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’”
If you follow Jesus in his “foolish” mission, you are a member of his family.