What Jesus Did! 'Our Crazy Brother' — Mark 3:20-21

Sunday, February 21, 2016

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.
— Mark 3:20-21 NLT
Illustration of Mark 3:20-21 NLT —  They went to get him because people said that Jesus was crazy.

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

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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 7:12-16
  • 1 Peter 3:1-2

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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