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Our Crazy Brother - Mark 3:20-21

Then Jesus went home. But again many people gathered there. There were so many people that Jesus and his followers could not eat. Jesus' family heard about all these things. They went to get him because people said that Jesus was crazy. (ERV) Full Text

Key Thought

Sometimes those most difficult people for us to reach with the grace of Jesus can be found in our own families. Fortunately we are not alone in that challenge. The early Christians found themselves in difficult family situations and so there are some very clear things taught about how to handle these kinds of situations. Most comforting of all, however, is the realization that Jesus spent much of his ministry being misunderstood by his own family, many of whom would not believe in him until after his death and resurrection. Let's not be discouraged; instead, let's go to the Lord and ask him to lead us and show us how to minister, serve, and respect those around us so that we can reach them with God's grace.


Today's Prayer

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Mighty Shepherd of your sheep, please give me the wisdom, patience, and character I need to lead the unbelievers in my family to you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


Today's Verses in Context


Then Jesus went home. But again many people gathered there. There were so many people that Jesus and his followers could not eat. Jesus' family heard about all these things. They went to get him because people said that Jesus was crazy. And the teachers of the law from Jerusalem said, "Beelzebul (the devil) is living inside him (Jesus)! He uses power from the ruler of demons to force demons out of people." So Jesus called them together and talked to them using some stories. Jesus said, "Satan will not force his own demons out of people. A kingdom that fights against itself cannot continue. And a family that is divided cannot succeed. And if Satan is against himself and fights against his own people, then he cannot continue. That would be the end of Satan. If a person wants to enter a strong man's house and steal his things, first the person must tie the strong man. Then the person can steal the things from the strong man's house. I tell you the truth. All sins that people do can be forgiven. And all the bad things people say against God can be forgiven. But any person that says bad things against (refuses to accept) the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. He will always be guilty of that sin." Jesus said this because the teachers of the law said that Jesus had an evil spirit (devil) inside him.

Mark 3:20-30 (ERV)

 

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After this, Jesus traveled around the country of Galilee. Jesus did not want to travel in Judea, because the Jewish leaders there wanted to kill him. It was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters. So Jesus' brothers said to him, "You should leave here and go to {the festival in} Judea. Then your followers there can see the miracles you do. If a person wants the people to know him, then that person must not hide the things he does. Show yourself to the world. Let them see these things (miracles) you do." (Even Jesus' brothers did not believe in him.)John 7:1-5 (ERV)

For all the other people I say this (I am saying these things, not the Lord): A brother {in Christ} might have a wife who is not a believer. If she will live with him, then he must not divorce her. And a woman might have a husband who is not a believer. If he will live with her, then she must not divorce him. The husband who is not a believer is made holy through his {believing} wife. And the wife who is not a believer is made holy through her {believing} husband. If this were not true, then your children would not be clean. But now your children are holy. But if the person who is not a believer decides to leave, let that person leave. When this happens, the brother or sister {in Christ} is free. God called you to a life of peace. Wives, maybe you will save your husband; and husbands, maybe you will save your wife. You don't know now what will happen later.1 Corinthians 7:12-16 (ERV)

In the same way you wives should be willing to serve your husbands. Then, if some of your husbands have not obeyed {God's} teaching, they will be persuaded to believe. You will not need to say anything. They will be persuaded by the way their wives live. Your husbands will see the pure lives that you live with your respect {for God}.1 Peter 3:1-2 (ERV)

 

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