The Conduct of the Family of Our Lord

Matthew 12:50

“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Jesus uttered the above words when His immediate family members came to visit Him. Jesus’ immediate family consisted of His mother Mary, His half-brothers (James, Joses, Simon and Judas), and His half-sisters, who were not named (Matthew 13:55-56). “Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Matthew 12:47-50).

Though Jesus loved and cared for His family, He used the time of the visit of His immediate family members to teach a special spiritual truth: all those who do the heavenly Father’s will, like His disciples, are His spiritual family, even His mother and brothers. The will of the Father is that one should believe on the Lord Jesus as the Son of God who came to save us – “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent” (John 6:29).

Anyone can enter Jesus’ spiritual family by trusting in Him. And ultimately the family that matters to Him is the family of God, even those who have trusted the Lord Jesus in obedience to God’s will.

Prabhudas Koshy