Who Is In Jesus’ Family?

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Luke 8:19-21 Then came to {Jesus} his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. 20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. 21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

Jesus had a physical earthly family

His earthly mother Mary is at the door of the house, but cannot get to Jesus. God used Mary to bring forth Christ. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Savior of all who will believe on Him. Jesus is …

Revelation 1:5 … Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own Blood …

Jesus is Man. Jesus is Perfect Man. Jesus is Sinless Man. You ask, “How can there be a sinless Man?”, and my answer is, “Only if He is a Unique Creation and God”. Adam was sinless in the Garden of Eden, but when Adam sinned, by one man – Adam – sin entered into the world, and DEATH BY SIN; and so death PASSED UPON ALL MEN, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12). All humans born naturally are born sinners. This is a problem because, though God loves us, God is holy, without sin (1 Peter 1:16; Isaiah 57:15).

God is holy – but we are not!
How can the gap be bridged between God and Man?

A Perfect Man, a Messiah, a Savior, cannot come through human effort. Humans are fallen. God must make a way. God must enter the creation as Man. This is what happened in Jesus. Jesus Christ is ETERNAL GOD THE SON. He declared Himself …

Revelation 1:8 … Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the Ending” is a title given only to God, “The Almighty”. Our Lord Jesus existed with God the Father and God the Spirit from eternity past. God left eternity, and came to this earth through a virgin named Mary. Yet though Jesus has a beginning as a human, as God Jesus has always been. Colossians 1:17 tells us, “Jesus is before ALL THINGS”, and John 1:3 declares, “All things were made by Him. Nothing ever made was made without Him”.

Jesus Christ is THE Son of God, THE Eternal Son Who came to be among us. He was born through supernatural action. Gabriel told Mary His mother:

Luke 1:35 … The Holy {Spirit} shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Jesus is indeed “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Born of a virgin named Mary, Joseph, Mary’s husband, did not lay with his wife until after Jesus was born. Once Jesus was born, Joseph went on to love his wife Mary, and to have other children by Mary.

Jesus was NOT an only Child!

When Jesus preached in Nazareth, those He grew up with said:

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Jesus had four stepbrothers – children of Joseph and Mary – along with several sisters who are unnamed. When Jesus began preaching the Kingdom of God and His Gospel, many of His friends – and probably His earthly family – believed “Jesus is beside Himself” (Mark 3:21). We are told in …

John 7:5 (ESV) … For not even his brothers believed in {Jesus}.

His brothers and mother would – after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection – come to believe in Jesus. On the Day of Pentecost 120 believers would gather in an upper room, and pray together, waiting for the promise of the Spirit. This small Church was …

Acts 1:14 … with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers

Yes, later His earthly family would believe in Jesus. Later Jesus’ stepbrother James would refer to Jesus as “our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory” (James 2:1). But at this point in His ministry, none of Jesus’ immediate family seems to believe that He is the Messiah.

THEN Jesus’ Unbelieving Earthly Family
Came To See Him

Luke 8:19 Then came to {Jesus} his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press.

Our text starts with THEN. The THEN tells us that we need to see what occurred before Jesus stopped at this private home to teach.

Luke 8:1-3 And it came to pass afterward, that He {Jesus} went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with Him, 2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Word Study: Jesus is traveling with a small group of believers. He is going through every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. The words preaching and shewing are the Greek κηρύσσω καὶ εὐαγγελίζω, kēryssō καί euangelizō which means “to publish or proclaim openly the Gospel or Good News”. The twelve Apostles are with Jesus. There are a few women with Jesus. Mary called Magdalene is there, a person whom Jesus cast seven demons out of her. There is also a woman named Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward. This woman had been afflicted, but Jesus cured her. Joanna is the wife of King Herod’s Cupbearer (see also Luke 24:10), a very important position in the King’s household. The Gospel of Christ had reached into the home of His greatest enemy, Herod. There is also a Susanna, and many others who are ministering to Jesus, meeting His physical earthly needs. God is providing a way for the Gospel to go forth, to be spread to small villages and large cities.

Luke 8:4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

Word Study: There is a large crowd following Jesus. In the midst of this crowd, Jesus speaks a parable” (παραβολή parabolḗ, [pronounced par-ab-ol-ay’]). The disciples asked Jesus:

Matthew 13:10 … why speakest Thou unto them in parables? …

Jesus told His closest disciples:

Luke 8:10 … Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

The Parable is given to the Child of God by faith in Christ. The Parable is NOT given to the unbeliever to help them better understand spiritual truths. The Parable is given to HIDE the deeper truths from the lost. A Parable cannot be understood unless Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit gives us the key to it. The Christian way of life is a supernatural way of life. You cannot learn your way into being a Christian. You must be born again, born supernaturally into this family. Look when Jesus speaks this Parable:

Luke 8:4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

A Sower Went Out To Sow

Luke 8:5-8 A Sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Those who are spiritually deaf – lost people – will hear the words of this Parable, but it will mean nothing to them. Only those with “ears to hear” (Matthew 11:15; 13:9; 13:43; Mark 4:9; 4:23; 7:16) are going to get any benefit from this Parable. To all others it is but noise.

Preach!: You must be born again! You must have received Jesus as Lord and Savior. You must have believed that Jesus is the Only Begotten of the Father. You MUST BE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD BY FAITH. Jesus explains the Parable to those who will come to Him and listen.

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

The seed is the word of God”. Jesus has gone throughout every city and village, proclaiming He is Messiah, proclaiming that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life: that no one comes to the Father BUT through Him (John 14:6). Jesus is the Owner of the “keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 16:19). It is Jesus Who “has the keys of hades and death” (Revelation 1:18). There is “none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). There is a large crowd following Jesus not just for what He proclaimed, but also for what He has done. Jesus sowed the seed. He did not plow the field, nor break up the ground. What was this seed?

John 6:39-40 … this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jesus said every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jesus has promised eternal life to whosoever believeth on Him. Jesus sowed the Gospel Seed regardless as to who stood in front of Him. Whether it was a leper, a deaf person, a crippled person, a Jew or a Gentile, Jesus proclaimed Himself the Only Christ, the Messiah. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He told us:

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

Jesus did not choose where to sow. Where ever He was, He sowed. Whenever the opportunity presented itself, Jesus sowed. The Sower sows. The Sower does not water, nor cause the seed to grow. The Apostle said:

2 Timothy 2:23-26 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. (24) And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient, (25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

The Sower sows the Gospel. The Sower does not sow the word of the world, but the Word of God, the Holy Scripture. Will all sowing be productive? No!

Luke 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

It’s interesting that the first condition of the Sowing of the Good News is that the seed fall “by the way side. Some people hear the Gospel. They hear that Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God, prophesied to come and save us. They hear that:

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

They hear that “unto us was born in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). They hear that Jesus came to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Though these hear the Gospel clearly preached by Jesus, nonetheless the devil comes, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. That old Devil we call Lucifer, and Satan, and the Great Dragon, and that Ancient Serpent (Revelation 12:9) is constantly warring against the spreading of the Gospel.

The Devil robs the seed of the Gospel in various ways. He brings in strange doctrines. He teaches that “only a certain class of person will be saved”. The devil loves to teach that “the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary is insufficient to save the soul”, that salvation is part Christ and part my efforts. The devil brings in strange doctrines that say “saved, we may remain in our sin”. No, no! Did not the Scripture say in Matthew 1:21, “Jesus shall save His people FROM THEIR SINS”. The Gospel seed changes the heart in which it is sown. “God be thanked, that YE WERE (past tense) the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine that was delivered you” (Romans 6:17). What does the Gospel seed do? It frees us!

Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

The Gospel is not just stolen by Satan, but it can take root on shallow ground. Jesus said:

Luke 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Some hear the Gospel, and receive it, but only in a shallow way. There are some who willingly receive the Gospel when they are in hospitals, or in hospice, or at some bleak moment in their lives. They want to receive Jesus as a “Savior” to save them out of what they are being afflicted by. They just want a temporary relief. Jesus said that these believe at first, but then ..

in time of temptation {they} fall away.

Word Study: The word translated temptation is the Greek πειρασμός peirasmós, [pronounced pi-ras-mos’], which means “a trial of a person’s fidelity, integrity, or virtue”. The stepbrother of Jesus, James wrote:

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations {peirasmós}, 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

God allows trials to come our way to test and strengthen our faith. The faith that cannot stand up to a trial is a faith that cannot save a soul. Many today see Jesus Christ as a spare tire that they are to call on when life gets tough. Jesus Christ is no spare tire. Jesus Christ is the Way to the Father, the entry into the Family of God. When a trial crushes a person’s faith, that person was not truly saved in the first place. The Apostle said:

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

Of that large crowd around Jesus, there was a third type of result there from the sowing of the Gospel. Jesus said:

Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Word Study: Today we would call this type of person “the Nominal Christian”. This is the person who has decided to stay attached to the world, but also wants to stay attached to Jesus. Jesus does not call this “nominal Christianity”, but a life that is choked”, the Greek συμπνίγω sympnígō, [pronounced soom-pnee’-go], which means “to strangle completely, to choke utterly, to press around so as to suffocate, to press on every side so as to crush”. Are these people saved? I don’t think so, but it’s hard to tell from the text. Jesus said:

John 10:10 … I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Jesus chastised those who followed Him that “would not come to Me, that ye might have life” (John 5:40). If your life looks like that of the lost, and you bring no fruit to perfection – you bear nothing for Jesus – then you should carefully examine your salvation. The Bible says:

Philippians 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

If you are mentally and physically bound to worldly living, the Scripture calls you to repent. The stepbrother of Christ wrote:

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

I would not want to meet my Maker while bound to the sinful ways of this world. Beloved, the person who receives Christ as Lord and Savior is CHANGED. Though you will not be perfect, the Scripture says:

2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 17 (ESV) For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and {Jesus} died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. … 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

The saved believer follows after Jesus, not the world. We love and seek Him daily! The Christian is meant to be FRUITFUL.

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Word Study: This is the Normal Christian Life. The Christian is first of all supernaturally saved. Hearing and believing the Gospel of Salvation, that person “calls upon the Name of the Lord” and is saved (Acts 2:21). Let’s look at the words HEARD” and “KEEP. They heard the Word of God. They heard Jesus. This is the Greek ἀκούω akoúō, [pronounced ak-oo’-o], which means “to harken to, to stop and apply that which you heard to yourself”. The Gospel will not save you when you apply it to others around you, but not to your own life. Some people on hearing the Gospel think, “Oh, that’s not for me. I’m a good person. I’m in good shape. I don’t need a Savior”. I assure you, if you think this, then you will never have a Savior. The Gospel must be applied to your heart by YOU.

Word Study: The word keep” is the Greek κατέχω katéchō, [pronounced kat-ekh’-o], which means “to hold onto, to hold fast, to possess it, to guard it”. You regard the Word of Salvation, that precious Gospel, as a precious thing. You will not release it, but cling to it. When I was overseas, one of my most prized possessions was my PASSPORT. It showed that I was a citizen of another country, under another sovereign’s laws. The Gospel is the Christian’s passport to glory – and I will never give it up. The Apostle said:

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 … the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

No Christian makes light of the Gospel of Salvation. We cherish it. We guard it. We live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ!

You Must Be Born Again

Returning to our starting verses, we read:

Luke 8:19-21 Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. 20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and Thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. 21 And He answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

Heaven is God’s Home. Heaven is where the Children of God will one day go. How can I become a Child of God? I must hear the word of God, and do it. I must hear the Gospel and, applying it to my life, repent and surrender my life to Jesus. Jesus recognizes no relatives of His that have not believed in Him. None. Not even His own stepbrothers.

Let us give ourselves wholly to Him. For the glory of God, and to honor Jesus – call upon Him and be saved! May God the Holy Spirit draw you into Christ’s family this very day. Amen and Amen!

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