WHO IS MY REAL FAMILY?
Picture the scene at the cross!
John and Mary were standing there, watching Jesus die. Did it occur to John to take Mary under his wing and adopt her as his mother? Up until that time he probably didn’t understand that what was happening on the cross would forever change his relationship with those who were connected to Jesus by faith.
Early on in His ministry, when His family came looking for Him because they thought He was crazy, Jesus emphatically declared that His real family are the ones who do the will of His Father. He was saying that it is not our biological relationships that hold us together but our faith-bond with Him that connects us in a faith-bond with our fellow believers.
Jesus spelled it out to John by entrusting His mother to him and, in the same way, He entrusts believers to one another in a family bond that overshadows our biological connection. How beautiful is the faith-bond that secures our natural family in a relationship of love far deeper and greater than mere family ties.
Jesus died intestate as far as a written will is concerned. It was left to His followers, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, His advocate, to interpret His life and death and His legacy to all the succeeding generations.
However, He left us in no doubt about what is will for us is. He gave two clear statements, one to His disciples in the Upper Room before He died, and the other one in His prayer in John 17. Both of these statements tell us what He wants from us and how this will impact the world.
John 13:34, 35: “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John 17:20,21: “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you sent me.”
Why do we find these requirements so difficult to carry out? Jesus said that this is the way to win the world. Is it because it means setting ourselves aside to serve others and to submit ourselves to one another? We can try other ways of winning people to Jesus but none is as effective as showing the world how Jesus loves by doing life together in a community of love and unity.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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