09.01.07 Mt. 12:46-50 (See also Mk. 3:31-35; Lk. 8:19-21)
JESUS TELLS TRUE KINSHIP
46 He was still speaking to the crowds when suddenly His mother and brothers were standing outside wanting to speak to Him. 47 Someone told Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.”
48 But He replied to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, that person is My brother and sister and mother.”
“Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” This statement would almost imply that Jesus spitefully broke the commandments concerning compassion and honor due His parents, not to mention His apparent loss of respect for His half-brothers. Nevertheless, such was not the case; He was very respectful. He was not speaking of His earthly family but of the larger family of God. He identified Himself with His “family of believers;” those who do the will of His Father in heaven are His “mother and brothers.” This eliminates those who say they are believers but their lives do not reflect any desire to live according to biblical principles.
. Concerning the number of brothers and sisters Jesus had, see 10.01.02, “and the brother of James, Joses…”