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TEXT: Matthew 12:46-50:
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Ray Fowler said, “Nothing in this world is more important than your family – except Jesus and the gospel. And we can also say this – nothing is more important for your family than Jesus and the gospel. You may experience conflict in your family because of your faith in Jesus, but you won’t be doing your family any good by choosing family over Jesus when the conflict comes. Jesus comes first.”
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says about this passage, “As Jesus concluded His statements, His mother and brothers desired to communicate with Him. The Apostle John made it clear that His brothers (actually half brothers, born to Mary after Jesus was born) did not believe in Him before His resurrection in John 7:5. Perhaps here they were trying to attach themselves to Jesus and receive special favors through family ties. Jesus stated that true discipleship comes not through physical relationships but only through obedience to the will of the Father. Mere religion and family relationships cannot obtain merit before God. Following God’s will makes one a disciple.
Throughout chapter 12 of Matthew, we have seen Jesus deal with opposition from the Pharisees and Satan. In the last section of this chapter, Jesus has to deal with something much closer to home – His own family. Here are three things we can learn from the words of Jesus about you, your relationship with your family, and your relationship with Jesus.
First, God’s work must come first. The Bible expounds greatly upon the importance of family and the responsibilities we have to our family members. When He was dying on the cross, Jesus made sure that His mother Mary would be taken good care of. Paul even told Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:8 that those who did not provide for their family members were worse than infidels. However when Jesus was told that His mother and brothers were waiting for Him outside, He did not go rushing to them. In fact, He distanced Himself from them by asking “Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?” He was on a mission from God, and that had to come first. This is not the only time that Jesus had to explain that God and His work come before family members. Earlier in Matthew 10:37, Jesus said, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Your love for your family can never be allowed to eclipse your love from God. Jesus also said in Mark 10:29-30, “And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” Jesus is not advocating abandoning your family for selfish reasons. He is talking about having to leave your family to serve God and proclaim the Gospel. David Brown said, “When the demands of even the nearest and dearest relatives, urging on us only that attention to our personal interests or comforts which in other circumstances would be natural and proper, are seen to interfere with some present work of God, let the spirit of our Lord’s example here be our guiding principle, rather than the suggestions of nature.” When there is conflict between Jesus and our family in our lives, we have to put Jesus and His work first. And that is what Jesus had to do in His life. While His mother Mary believed in Him, His family did not support His ministry while He was alive, and according to John 7:5, his brothers did not believe in Him (although at least two of them, James and Jude, believed later on and became leaders in the early Christian church). We will see in Matthew 13 that the townspeople Jesus grew up with were offended at Him because they knew His family and had seen Him grow up. Jesus did not do many great works in His hometown because of their unbelief. Jesus had to get away from His family members so as to spread the Gospel and reach those who would believe. He had to put His mission as the incarnate Son of God on earth before His familial ties. We will sometimes be forced to do the same on earth as well. When our family members are holding us back from serving God, from completing the mission that we know He has for us on earth, we cannot listen to them. In some cases, we may have to leave family behind. We have to put Jesus first, and putting Jesus first means that we can never let our family become more important than Jesus. If your family tries to stop you from following Jesus and don’t want you to follow His calling for your life, you must continue to love them, pray for them, and take care of them if you can, but you must make it abundantly clear that Jesus Christ and the work of God come first. In doing so, you will be honoring God and Jesus, and He will bless you for it a hundredfold.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.