Brother or Sister of Jesus? Outrageous.

Wouldn’t it be great if God could be family? Jesus tells us it’s not nearly as far-fetched as it might sound.

The disciples were humans just like us–just regular folks. Fishermen. A tax collector. And other no-name jobs. Nothing spectacular, it seems. No one was getting ready to be declared “Man of the Year” for Time magazine. No one was about to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

More importantly, the disciples were sinners just like us. They broke God’s laws. They deserved God’s punishment. They fell short of God’s glory.

Just like us.

Yet, Jesus points them out as his brothers. And he doesn’t stop there. Anyone who trusts in Jesus the way the disciples did, he says, and shows this by the fruit they produce in their lives, will be known as the brothers and sisters of the Son of God.

You see, it’s like Jesus said on another occasion. “What’s impossible with man is possible with God!”

In other words, not outrageous at all!

He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:48-50, NIV).

Jesus, thank you for making me your family by faith. Your Holy Spirit is responsible for drawing by dead heart to faith. Please send the Spirit every day through your word to keep my faith alive, and my family relationship with you strong and solid. Because only you could make such outrageous things happen to me.

Our reading for Saturday, January 17, is Genesis 34:1 – 35:29, Matthew 12:46 – 13:17 and Psalm 10:1-11.

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I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

One thought on “Brother or Sister of Jesus? Outrageous.”

  1. He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭11-12‬ NIV)

    Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (‭Psalm‬ ‭10‬:‭1‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, thank you so much for your teachings. Please fill my mind with your word. Help me to understand and feed me until I overflow. Please close to me and help me to teach others of your glory.

    ~Paul Montenieri


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