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.” Luke 8:19-21
Sounds like some very harsh words for Jesus in today’s verses. I have heard people say that Jesus was rejecting His family. How could Jesus talk that way about His mother? But rather than words of rejection maybe they are really words of inclusion. The harsh reality is that some of us will be separated for family members in the next life. We may not like it but that is the reality of Jesus.
Those who hear His words and then put them into action will be His family. This will be a family that will be together for all eternity. But many, perhaps most people, will reject Jesus’ words and those people will not be in His family. They will be separated from us for all eternity. We may think that is unfair but everyone who seeks God will be able to find Him.
It may make us uncomfortable to think that our loved ones will not be in heaven with us but that should cause us to make sure we have shared Jesus with them. We also need to realize that while we can share we cannot make them believe. Many people refuse to believe no matter how much evidence there is. Their hearts have been hardened against God.
We also need to know that God will never force anyone to come to Him. All who chose to live their lives on earth without God will be allowed to live their eternal lives without God. Jesus wasn’t denying Mary and His brothers nor was He saying they were not His family. He was making a point that all who chose to follow Him are His family.
Have a blessed day,