Family, Mark 3:20-21, 31-35

The Christian life is an intimate walk with Jesus.


“Jesus entered a house…” (v20)

Q.  How many people could say in that day that they had the incarnate Son of God sit at their dining room table?

A.  Many!  Jesus offered that kind of intimate fellowship….weddings, dinners, received gifts (perfume, washing of feet, etc.)  “Behold I stand at the door and knock.  Whoever opens the door my Father and I will come in and eat with him.” (Rev 3:20)

Application:  Open the door to Jesus

Application:  open the door to other Christians.  (Acts 2:46; 16:14-15; Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 1:11; 16:19; Col. 4:15; Phm 1-2)

Christians opened their homes up to Christ by opening their homes up to other Christians for fellowship and service.  Home is where Family is!



In Mark 6:4 Jesus said, “Only in his hometown among his own relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor”  (Also see Jn 7:3-5).  For Christ, and for many Christians, rejection comes from those closest and dearest (Mt. 10:34-37).  The most intimate bonds we have on earth are potentially threatened when Jesus comes into our lives

  • Unbelieving spouses may divorce because of a spouses faith (1 Cor. 7)
  • During the Tribulation people will turn in their own parents and children (Mt. 10:21-22; Mk 13:12)

We must understand that aligning ourselves with Jesus means the world will align itself against us.  And that my include our closest relatives (John 15:18-21)



A contrast is presented:  earthly family vs spiritual family

Jesus knows why they are there.  We’re not told they were given access to Him that night.

  • Those who are earthly don’t see the things of God whereas those who are spiritual do seek the things of God
  • This family is not based on physical connection, but spiritual connection
  • This is a family connected by a common pursuit of God’s will (Rom 12:1-2; Eph. 5)

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