Luke 8:19-21 (ESV) – Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd.  And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.”  But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
The person who came to Jesus to tell Him that His mother and brothers were coming to meet Him, was not doing anything wrong. What he did was no more than say “It’s for you”, when someone calls. Jesus’ reply was not a slight against His brothers or His mother. All He was doing was pointing out a truth about Himself and His work.
The family in North America, and I suspect, in other parts of the world as well, is in a dreadful state. The selfishness that marks people has done untold damage to the family through divorce, infidelity, entitlement living, a rights mentality, individualism, and a host of other things. Sometimes, Christians overreact to these abuses and behave and teach that the family is the ultimate loyalty. It isn’t. In fact, if it is regarded as the number one priority then things only get worse. The ultimate loyalty is Jesus Christ. If my wife says to me that I must either love her or Jesus Christ, then the right response will amount to “It’s been nice knowing you”. We will not abandon Jesus for anything or anyone – including the well being of our families. Persecuted Christians throughout history have allowed their families to endure all kinds of abuse rather than forsake Christ. And they were right.
Jesus is here declaring His purpose for coming to earth. He came to make disciples. He will do that through His death and resurrection. He will do it through teaching what His will is. He will do it through His example. Believers in Jesus Christ truly are the brothers and sisters of Jesus. We are co-heirs with Him of a great inheritance (Romans 8:16-17). We are His brothers and sisters (Luke 8:21). We are members of His household (Ephesians 2:19). We are the bride of Christ (Revelation 21:2). We are children of God (I John 3:1). The magnitude of such blessings can hardly be known by us on this side of glory. It is a privilege far beyond our ability to grasp in its fullness. But it is true.
The Creator of the ends of the earth, a universe that is billions of light years across and contains billions of galaxies and billions upon billions of stars and planets – calls me His brother. Such a privilege was purchased for us on the cross. It is ours. It is eternal. It is God honouring. It is stunning. We are the brothers and sisters of the Creator of all things.
Slighting His mother here? Not for a moment. He was simply stating a truth that was born in eternity past and was now coming to realization during His lifetime and is still becoming a reality for thousands every day throughout the whole world.
Thank you Lord for a wonder as great as this. Thank you that we will never be able to fully appreciate it until we meet you face to face. And thank you that this is no fairy tale to make those who believe it a little more content. It is the very truth of God accomplished as a reality for believers through the cross of Christ. What a salvation, and what a hope.