The Life of Christ - Developing an Inner Circle of Followers (2) - Tuesday, February 6th

The Life of Christ - Developing an Inner Circle of Followers (2) - Tuesday, February 6th

And He came home, and the crowd gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal. When His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses.” The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables …. Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him. A crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.” Answering them, He said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?” Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:20-23A, 31-35

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

After the special time of gathering a small group of disciples to himself and appointing twelve of them to be his apostles, Jesus heads home with them. You may recall that Jesus had previously been staying at the home of Simon (Peter) and Andrew. Their home in Capernaum was headquarters for Jesus and his ministry throughout the region of Galilee. Once again the crowd gathered and it was so large that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat a meal. This problem created by the size of the crowd was probably slightly more an issue of time than of space. In other words, the ministry demands of such a large crowd kept them from having time to even eat a meal.

Evidently, reports of the craziness of what’s happening in Capernaum have reached Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus. His family heads for Capernaum (about 20 miles) to take custody of Jesus because they think he has lost his senses. Scribes from Jerusalem are in the crowd accusing Jesus of being in cahoots with the devil. With his inner- circle of disciples nearby, a crowd gathered that includes the Jerusalem opposition, and his family soon to arrive, Jesus “called them to himself and began speaking in parables to deal with the situation.”

Then Jesus’ mother and his brothers arrived outside the house. Word was sent to Jesus that they were looking for him. In response Jesus spoke these very pointed and powerful words, “Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.” This pronouncement served as a call to all, a lesson to his family, and reinforcement to his inner-circle. Has it struck you yet, that you are in his inner-circle as a redeemed follower of Christ today. As Christ-followers we are committed to and seeking to do the will of God through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. As such, we are family to Jesus and he always speaks clearly and directly into our hearts and lives day by day as we walk in intimate and continuous fellowship with our wonderful Lord and Master.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, it is quite a thing to look back and see the wonderful way you were at work building into the lives of your people. Help me to see more clearly and embrace more fully how you are seeking to work at investing in me and building the good things of your Spirit into my life today. You are my Lord and Master and I give you full control. Draw me close, help me sense your presence, speak into my life, and empower me to do your will. Amen!

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