Unlimited: His Family Thinks Jesus Has Gone Mad
Nov 2, 2020 583
Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind” (Mark 3:10–21, NIV).
In Galilee, Jesus was challenging what was expected of a Jewish man in the first century.
He even touched people with horrific, contagious diseases! And the things he said went beyond what any man should claim. He even claimed to forgive sin.
His family in Nazareth have been hearing the reports of what Jesus was up to, and they were getting more and more concerned. So, now, they come to get him and take him home.
Jesus’ family must have been horrified. And they were probably also listening to what the religious leaders were saying about Jesus: about how the things he was saying were crazy, and about his behaviour was so scandalous and shocking.
So, Jesus’ family came to take him back to his town in Nazareth, just as you would do to a lost child or a relative suffering from a mental illness.
I’m sure you’ll agree: it’s an amazing scene! Imaging how Jesus must have felt!
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Why does it so often feel like those who are closest to us are the ones who know us the least? We’ve all had family troubles at some stage or another. Who do you rely on when no one understands you; not even your family? Have you learnt to rely on your Father in heaven for your identity and strength?