I crossed two significant milestones on MySpace this past weekend! I added my 100th friend and the visits to my profile crossed over the 1000 mark! I just want to say thank you to all of my faithful friends on MySpace who are making my profile such an interesting place to hang out in the evenings!
â€œThen one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?â€ (Matt. 12:47-48)
Jesus was the master of the teachable moment. In this passage, some well-meaning people inform Jesus that his family is waiting to talk to Him. I used to think that Jesusâ€™ response was somewhat disrespectful to his family but looking closer, it seems that while Jesus loved his own family, he recognized the opportunity to use this moment to teach his audience a profound truth.
There are many different ways that the Bible describes our relationship to Christ. He is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is our Master, Savior, Redeemer, King, Messiah, Way to the Father, Bread of Life, Door that leads to heaven, and even friend, among many other designations. This passage, however reveals a unique dimension of our relationship to Jesus.
â€œAnd he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.â€ (Matt. 12:49-50)
If we do the will of the Father, we are his familyâ€”fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers! What is the will of the Father? Jesus said it was to believe in Him whom the Father sent. It is an absolute wonder that Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Universe, would gladly claim us as his own family!There is a very special relationship designated by being called His family.
Although families do not always live this out, one of the most significant things about this relationship is that it is meant to last forever. Friends come and go, co-workers move on, neighbors and other acquaintances drift away but when one returns home, like it or not, the family is meant to be there.
Another thing that is significant about being Jesusâ€™ family is the familiarity that comes with being that close to Him. This familiarity tends to break down our famililial relations because we take each other for granted, get annoyed with each other, hurt each other, etc. When we love our fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, however, it is because we can look past all of the difficulties and offences, to see the importance of God-ordained relationships that transcend our problems with each other. Being in Jesusâ€™ family, however, is perfect because even though we continually offend and hurt Him, He loves us and overlooks our faults, even to the point of completely forgetting them when we come to Him in repentance!
There are so many more things that could be said about the wonders of being Jesusâ€™ family! I hope that I will continue to think on this and value what I have as a brother of Christ!
Making use of Memorial Day, I hiked up the 8500 foot Tahquitz Peak in the San Jacinto Mountains. I set out early in the morning, allowing me to see the sun slowly creep over the mountains. It was both a beautiful and peaceful hike. I never encountered anyone on my way up but of course on my way down, people were everywhere, making me glad I went early! This picture is of me enjoying the majestic view from the peak!