Matthew 12: 46-50: 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
“Nothing is stronger than blood.” Maybe you have heard people say that. Friends are important, but nothing is stronger than blood (family). There is some truth to that statement. Your family is important, and often more important than friends.
But Jesus reminds us of a bond that is even stronger than blood. It’s the bond of faith that we have in Jesus as our Savior. He calls us his family – his brothers and sisters and parents. When you are in desperate need, your friends may not be there for you. Your family may not rise up to help you. But there is one to whom we can turn who will never fail us, and that is Jesus.
Just to make it clear that this is what Jesus meant, we need to understand what it means to do the will of the Father in heaven. Jesus told us in John 6:40. “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” Trust in Jesus because he is the Friend who will never let you down.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, who have I in heaven but you, and earth has nothing that I desire besides you. You are the Strength of my life and my portion forever! Thank you for being my dearest friend, one who is even closer than a brother. Amen.