Tag: careful in speaking
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings in the Wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and coming King! What a privilege it is to gather freely today to worship and read God’s word! Many around the world do not have this privilege and meet secretly at great peril of being found out and identified. We should not take for granted what God has blessed us with!
As I reflect on the reading of this past week, I am fascinated by Jesus’ family and His response to them. After Jesus was baptized and tested, He called His disciples to follow Him. Jesus was doing many miracles and casting out demons in every place He went. Great crowds gathered seeking Jesus, and the disciples had so much to do they could not even take time to eat. (Mark 3:20-35) His own family heard all that was happening and apparently thought that Jesus was out of His mind! Then the teachers of the Law from Jerusalem came down accusing Jesus of being demon possessed!
When things happen that we can’t logically explain, we tend to label them as crazy. If we are threatened by what is happening, we want to be sure others know that we aren’t at fault or don’t think that way. Evidently Jesus’ own mother and brothers came to take Him home and away from the crowds. Jesus explained that if Satan cast out Satan, his end had come. A house divided against itself could not stand. He warned them that all sins and blasphemies of men could be forgiven, but that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit would never be forgiven! He said this to counter the charge that He had an evil spirit in Him!
“His mother and brothers came and were announced to Jesus. “Who are my mother and my brothers?”, He asked. Then He looked around Him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”” (Mark 3:33-35) Faith in Jesus and obedience to Him brings adoption into His family. Natural relationships mean nothing in His kingdom. We must be careful in our assessment of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. Don’t be too hasty to label the things of God as phony because they threaten you or don’t make sense.
In His Love, Pastor John