Luke 8:19–21 (ESV)
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20 And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” 21 But he answered them, “My mother
and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
This is a short reading, yet it offers much to ponder. Verse 19 states “his mother and his brothers came to him.”
It is interesting that it says Jesus has brothers. If you believe in the perpetual virginity of Mary, then she could not have other children. Perpetual Virginity means that even after the Jesus was born, Mary is a virgin. That even while
Jesus was being born, he passes through the hymen without breaking it, thus, the she maintains her virginity. I do not teach this, nor do I believe it serves any purpose. I must admit that the Lutheran Church is open on this theology and you have
professors and pastors on both sides of the fence. They maintain that his brothers are step-brothers from a previous marriage of Joseph. It would also mean that Joseph never had sex with Mary, thus the marriage was never consummated. I disagree.
Today’s passages states that he has brothers and I do believe that Joseph had sex with Mary and consummated the marriage.
Matthew writes: Matthew 1:24–25 (ESV)
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
This verse seems to indicate that once Jesus was born, Joseph consummated the marriage. He simply waited until Jesus was born. Matthew also list out four brothers and that he has sisters too. Matthew 13:55–56
states: “55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
So with this information, I cannot uphold the perpetual virginity of Mary, although I will add that there are many respectable theologians that do support it.
It is interesting in verse 21 that Jesus claims
his family are those who believe in him. We are his brothers and sisters. Luke writes in verse 21: “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
pray: O Lord, it is great to be a child of God and part of your family. I know here on earth, family fight and don’t get along so well, but I repent and am sorry and want to do better. Help me to get along with all my brothers and
sisters, and for all nonbelievers too. Help me to be a better witness and to love my neighbors and my enemies. Amen.