Mark 3:31–35 (ESV)
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and
your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here
are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
Loyalty to God
takes precedence over loyalty to blood relations. This is still hard to hear today, as the temptation to put relationships with family and friends above God can be overwhelming. But the Lord wants us to have both relationships, and have them as healthy as
they can be. He stands first in our lives because He placed Himself last, to humbly bear our sins and make us children of God.
I pray: Lord, thank You for the privilege
of being included in Your eternal family. Keep us in this faith and life forever. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1661.