November 23, 2020
Family Trouble ?
family trouble? Go have a talk with
Jesus. He knows all about it. When His
ministry took off, His family took after
Him to take Him back home - by force if
necessary (Mark 3:21).
influenced by the opinion of their
nation's foremost religious experts,
namely, the Scribes official ruling that
Jesus was satanically possessed (3:22),
they (and possibly others in Nazareth)
apparently concluded Jesus had suffered
a mental breakdown of sorts and was out
of His mind. (How this demented
condition could have produced such
divine messages and miracles is not
clear, but that's what they concluded.)
Thus prompted, they set out to "lay hold
on him," or "take him away," if
necessary, by force (3:21).
When Jesus' brothers, with Mary in tow,
came to the house where He was teaching,
Jesus immediately recognized their
intent by a revelation of the Spirit.
This is why He did not physically go out
to meet them. Had He done so, they may
have moved to apprehend Him, sparking a
confrontation with His very zealous
disciples. So, instead, Jesus sent Word
inviting His earthly family to come and
join His heavenly "family" that was
gathered round Him to hear His Word
This brief glimpse into Jesus' personal
life reveals that for the three years He
was about His Father's business, His
family members remained distant, and
some unfriendly (see John 7:1-5). What
did He do? He kept doing God's will,
left His temporal family in God's hands,
and consoled Himself by fellowshiping
with His eternal family - His heavenly
Father and earthly friends and siblings
in the faith. The outcome?
Eventually, when His work had run its
course, the Father converted Jesus'
earthly family and they joined His
eternal family in the Upper Room, where
they were all filled with the Holy
Spirit and two of His brothers, James
and Jude, went on to become dynamic
leaders of the very movement they had
once hoped to halt (Acts 1:14)! What
should we learn from this?
If for a season your family is not
friendly, let your (believing) friends
be your family until your family is
friendly again. That's the way our best
Friend handled His family trouble.
forgive any family members who are
unfriendly or even hateful toward you
and pray for them daily. Meanwhile,
embrace your eternal family members
(believers) and faithfully go on in your
walk and work with your eternal Father.
And, finally, believe that, as He did
with Jesus' family, He will one day lead
your unfriendly relatives to their own
Upper Room experience, after which you
will enjoy full, sweet fellowship with