What Jesus Did! 'Family!' — Matthew 12:46-50

Monday, June 19, 2017

While Jesus was talking to the people his mother and brothers stood outside. They wanted to talk to Jesus. A person told Jesus, "Your mother and brothers are waiting for you outside. They want to talk to you." Jesus answered, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" Then Jesus pointed to his followers and said, "See! These people are my mother and my brothers. My true brother and sister and mother is any person that does the things my Father in heaven wants."
— Matthew 12:46-50 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 12:46-50 NLT — "See! These people are my mother and my brothers. My true brother and sister and mother is any person that does the things my Father in heaven wants."

Key Thought

Wow! This is one of those moments in Jesus' ministry that sizzles with intensity, drama, and significance. Jesus' words would clearly be hurtful to his physical family that was already struggling to know how to understand his ministry. In addition, these words would be liberating and joyous to those who had always felt left out of the political order, pushed aside by the religious elite, and disenfranchised by the social structure of their day. Jesus was promising that his family would be determined by obedience—not blood, not genealogy, not politics, not power, and not money. That offer still stands today and the promise is just as true for us as it was for those who first heard Jesus' words.

Today's Prayer

Abba Father, words cannot express what it means to me to have you as my eternal father. I can trust that my home is with you, and yet as I await my journey to that home, I also trust that you have made your home with me. Thank you for claiming me as your beloved child and living inside me through the presence of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 8:14-17
  • John 14:1-3
  • John 14:18-23

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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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