Pretty Inclusive

Posted: September 23, 2011 in adoption, bible, Jesus, sonship, soteriology


While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.  But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Jordan Mogck:

In that moment, Jesus’ radical gesture toward his disciples was, in fact, not to insult his mother but to demonstrate something profound about the family of God.

No one has unique, insider access to Jesus (not even his mom). And, while perhaps a jolt to his biological brothers and sisters, this is great news for the rest of the world.

Since Jesus’ genetic heritage ended with his ascension, there would be little to unite us to him in as profound a way as a familial bond.

But in this gesture, he demonstrates, “Through my shed blood anyone can be my true brother and sister and mother.”

Pretty inclusive…

Perhaps that is why Paul writes in Ephesians 1:5, “You were predestined for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.”

Praise God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, all working in perfect unity to effect this great salvation, our adoption as beloved sons and daughters of God.


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