Read: Matthew 12:46-48; Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21
But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” (Matthew 16:48 ESV)
Brotherhood is a remarkable thing, truly. Many of my favorite memories in life involve my brother. I have loved him deeply, as only brothers can, since the first moment my parents told me he was coming into this world.
Jesus had brothers too. After his birth Joseph and Mary went on to have other children. James, one of Jesus’ brothers eventually even went on to pastor the Jerusalem church.
Jesus’ statement concerning his family wasn’t an attempt to downplay his love and concern for his earthly family. There are several examples in the Gospels that demonstrate Christ’s consideration and adoration for his family. Rather, it was an inquisitive statement put forth to engage his audience.
The New Testament frequently uses the language of family to describe Christian community. Those of us who follow Jesus have been adopted into the family of God. We are brothers and sisters in Christ.