Re:Verse reading Mark 3: 20-35 (day three) 

“Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.  You can rest assured that Jesus wasn’t merely asking this question as a rhetorical device.  The scriptures present the Lord as one who did not ask any question that he himself had not wrestled with or give any command that he himself was not submitted to or teach a Bible that he himself did not believe.  With this particular question, Jesus reveals that he has understood that sin will mean the undoing of the closest of friendships and families—that we cannot depend on biology or affinity to keep us together.  Only a new kind of life with bonds created by the Holy Spirit will do that.  Who are you counting on so that you will not be alone?  Only the community of Christ will last.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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