Jesus And His Family #2

There were spiritual conflicts between Jesus and his physical family.  His response to those conflicts teaches us about our relationship our own families.

In John 7:5 we are told that His own brothers did not believe in Him and in Matthew 12 we see that they were concerned about His work and teaching.  It was this conflict coming to a head which led Jesus ask the question in Matthew 12:46-50,  “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” How does He answer His own question?

Is Jesus answer there “too extreme”?  Does it mean He does not appreciate His physical family or honor His mother?

Thinking back to yesterday, what does its say that Jesus entrusted the care of His mother to John, and not to His physical brothers?

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2 Responses to Jesus And His Family #2

  1. Mary K

    Yesterday I wondered about this myself. I don’t think Jesus was worried that His mother would be homeless. Sometimes I wonder if this was for as much John’s benefit. Clearly there was a special bond between Jesus and His mother, but a special bond also existed between Jesus and John. It is likely that Jesus’ mom understood this and by designating the mother/son relationship they were to have going forward it brought comfort and strength to them both.

    I’m very interested to read what others think on this subject. This encounter has always been to me among the most heart-wrenching events recorded.

  2. Jimmy

    If it was true that His physical brothers were not believers (till after the resurrection – based on John 7:5 and Acts 12:14) it may explain why he chose John over His own family. That is a bit of conjecture but if true would certainly highlight the importance he saw in her having a believing supporter – another illustration of the priority of the spiritual over the physical?

    My question is, if they became believers (most think they did after seeing the resurrection and that His brothers became the authors of the epistles James and Jude) would John still have been charged with her care?

    Who else has a thought?

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