God’s Guiding Word: Discipleship
Mark 3:20–35: Members of Jesus’s family become concerned about him, and certain religious leaders claim that Jesus is possessed by a demon. When Jesus’s family asks to see him, he defines family in a way that extends beyond blood relations.
20 Then Jesus went home. Again such a large crowd gathered that Jesus and his disciples had no time to eat. 21 When his family heard about it, they set out to take charge of him, because people were saying, “He’s gone mad!”
22 Some teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem were saying, “He has Beelzebul in him! It is the chief of the demons who gives him the power to drive them out.”
23 So Jesus called them to him and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a country divides itself into groups which fight each other, that country will fall apart. 25 If a family divides itself into groups which fight each other, that family will fall apart. 26 So if Satan’s kingdom divides into groups, it cannot last, but will fall apart and come to an end.
27 “No one can break into a strong man’s house and take away his belongings unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house.
28 “I assure you that people can be forgiven all their sins and all the evil things they may say.[a] 29 But whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, because he has committed an eternal sin.” (30 Jesus said this because some people were saying, “He has an evil spirit in him.”)
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside the house and sent in a message, asking for him. 32 A crowd was sitting around Jesus, and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, and they want you.”
33 Jesus answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 He looked at the people sitting around him and said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does what God wants is my brother, my sister, my mother.”
Today’s Key Verse: Mark 3:35
[Jesus said]: “Whoever does what God wants is my brother, my sister, my mother.”
How does Jesus respond to those who claim he is possessed by a demon? What are your thoughts concerning Jesus’s response to his family (verses 34–35)? According to Jesus, what is required to be a member of his family?
Lord Jesus, you welcome all who seek to follow you. I seek to do your will. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your family in the Kingdom of God. Amen.
Mark 5:1–20: Jesus heals a man with evil spirits.