Many thanks for everyone who supported me, in giving my first Sermon on Mothering Sunday. I used the title: Who is my Family?
What did Jesus mean by asking the question, “Who is my Mother?” (Matthew 12:48) and what does his explanation to the question mean for you and I?
There is a common maxim which says, ‘you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family’! You may have had occasion to speak it out yourself. Does this help us to understand what Jesus meant when he asked the question ‘Who is my Mother and Brothers?’ Interestingly, He was very clear about who His Father was – but the other relations?
Jesus was speaking to the crowd when his Mother, Mary and his Brothers appear at the door. His family were worried and wanted his attention. They knew that Jesus had been speaking out, performing healings and miracles which in turn had stirred up the authorities and religious leaders. The Pharisees had made it public that they wanted to kill Jesus. What family wouldn’t be concerned!
Jesus had given a rhetorical question and whilst pointing to the disciples gave the answer to it: ‘Here are my brothers and sisters and mother’, and continues: “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
This is no rejection of his own family but an expansion of the term family.
Notice there is no time frame – it includes you and me, it follows then: – If you do the will of God, you are a brother, sister or mother of Jesus.
Jesus Chooses us to be His Family
Whatever your family consists of: your birth or adopted family. We are all unique, you have another family – a family you can choose to be part of – Your church family. And it has nothing to do with blood connection. It has everything to do with Jesus, Holy Spirit and God – this is THE connection.
As Jesus said, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven IS my brother and sister and mother.”
Do you want to be part of Jesus’ Family?
Sermon given by Ladey Adey at New Life Church, Sleaford on Mothering Sunday – 11-3-18
Listen to full sermon on the podcast here
He replied, “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)
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