Intimacy with Jesus
I sometimes have a tendency to see with my ‘mind’s eye,’ and when I read this passage recently, I found myself picturing the scene.
Jesus was surrounded by a very diverse group of people – from the skeptics to the faithful – from the angry to the curious. And because He was God, the Son, Jesus knew just who was who. He could see their hearts, read their thoughts, discern their motives. And by this time in His public ministry, a few of them were beginning to take Him seriously.
Some of them were probably thinking maybe, just maybe, Jesus was Who He said He was. Maybe some of those present that day had eaten the multitude meal, had gasped at the fleeing demons. They had rejoiced with the walking cripple, the seeing blind, the baby-skinned leper. It is possible they were still skeptical, but I imagine they were beginning to come around. That is, very possibly, until they heard what Jesus just said. See what you think…
Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and Your brothers are outside, and they want to speak to You.” Jesus asked, “Who is My mother? Who are My brothers?” Then He pointed to His disciples and said, “These are My mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of My Father in Heaven is My brother and sister and mother!” ~ Matthew 12:47-50
I imagine those who were there and still deciding on the character of this Man could’ve taken offense at this statement. I know I would’ve wondered at the reaction of His family. Just who is this guy? Maybe they just weren’t sure. But there was one person present, within earshot, who was absolutely certain of Who Jesus was. She knew in her heart better than anyone alive that Jesus was indeed Emmanuel, God with us. And I believe Jesus’ words here may not have affected her in the same way it might have affected others.
Who was she? She was the very first person instructed by the angel that the long-awaited Messiah had come. Hers were the first eyes to gaze upon His newborn face, the first arms to hold God-in-flesh close. She spoke the first words of love into the very heart that is love. She was Mary. And she was His mother. Of all the people there that day, Mary knew best the love that was in His heart, the compassion that was in His eyes, the reason that He was there. And I think she understood exactly what Jesus meant that day with those words.
Jesus was not speaking words of discouragement for those closest to Him, but rather words of encouragement for those who wanted to be. To know Jesus, to truly know His heart, accept His love, embrace His Lordship, and then live my life based solely on that truth, would instantly elevate me, and you, to the status of brother, sister, mother. Family.
I imagine Mary may have smiled that day, when she heard her beloved Son, the Redeemer of all mankind, speak those words. And I have to admit, I find myself smiling too as I let them sink in. Intimacy with Jesus.
What greater position in life could there be than that?
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