Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.”
Jesus had a real family that He was brought up in. His mother, Mary, and His brothers had come to get Jesus because they wanted Him for something. His earthly (step) father, Joseph, wasn’t with them because he had already died by this point in Jesus’ life. Jesus knows what it is like to see someone you really love die: He knows, He understands and He can help.
But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”
Jesus explained here that our lives are not just about earthly things. Jesus also has a spiritual family (those that follow Him are part of His spiritual family) and He loves them as if they were His close physical family.
And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Jesus was a great teacher; He taught inspiring things that people really wanted to hear. They found what He had to say fascinating and radical. Some people think that Christianity is boring and restrictive, but really it is exciting and freeing!
But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.’”
Jesus was obviously a very approachable leader; His followers felt at ease with Him. Even though they weren’t clever, educated men they knew that if they asked Jesus questions He would take time to explain things to them in ways they could understand and grasp.
- Ask Jesus to help you not to feel sad that the people you cared about are no longer alive, but to feel more at peace and able to cope without them around
- Ask Jesus to help you to be aware of His love for you today
- Ask Jesus to help you to understand the things that you find confusing as you read the Bible