The Family of Christ

February 2, 2021

19 Then his mother and brothers came to him, but they could not meet with him because of the crowd. 20 He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 21 But he replied to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear and do the word of God.”

Luke 8:19-21

Written by Hadden Finch from the Brentwood Campus

In the movie Remember the Titans, the star football player Gary got into a car wreck as they were out celebrating that night’s victory. Gary was immediately paralyzed from the waist down and would no longer be able to play football. As the team gathered in the emergency room, the only person he wanted to see was his teammate Julius. As Julius walked into the hospital room, the nurse noticed the difference in skin color and told Julius that only family members were allowed to visit him. Gary responded to the nurse and said, “Are you blind? Don’t you see the family resemblance? That’s my brother.”

Jesus had a moment much like this one. Surrounded by His disciples and by a crowd of followers, Jesus was in the midst of teaching when His mother and brothers arrived. However, when they got there, the crowd was too big, and they could not get to Jesus to visit with Him. Word spread among the crowd that His family was there to see Him, and this news finally reached Jesus. Instead of trying to direct the crowd to let His family through, Jesus used this opportunity to bring to conclusion the parables that He had just taught. Jesus responded to them by saying that His “mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

It’s important to remember that the author, Luke, was writing this Gospel specifically to a Gentile audience, meaning that the audience themselves were not of Jewish origin. To the Gentiles who were once considered outside of the family of God, Jesus was now offering adoption into His eternal family. In His response to the crowd, Jesus was not disqualifying Mary and His brothers from being a part of His natural family; He was graciously inviting people who were otherwise disqualified to join His eternal family through the power of God’s Word.

We are indeed saved by faith alone but that faith, as described in the Parable of the Sower, will bear fruit in good soil because the seed of the Word is growing in the heart and life of the believer. Good works are not the essence of your salvation, they are the evidence of it. As James 2:17 tells us “Faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.”

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. When is the last time you praised God for adopting you into His eternal family?
  2. How much time do you spend hearing the Word of God and reflecting on it?
  3. What does the fruit in your life look like that would testify to you having heard the Word of God?
  4. What is keeping you from doing all that God has commanded of you in His Word?

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