I can’t imagine how frustrating, at times, it had to have been for the apostles to not only understand Jesus, but act on what he said. As crowds began to follow him, his “earthly” family decided to visit him, but couldn’t reach him due to the masses gathered. So the disciples approached Jesus to notify him during his teaching, and Jesus dismissed them indicating that everyone present is a mother and a brother, if they obey God.
What do you do with that? (blink, blink)
“uh…understood, teacher, but really, your ‘birth’ mom is here.” as you point in their direction and look over to the family and shrug your shoulders, and call out to them….
“Sorry. Jesus is being very Jesus right now…you know how it is.” and they all nod and then make eating motions with their hands…
…and then back to Jesus, “Oh…your mom just wants to know if they are expecting you for supper. Give her a thumbs up or down, that would be great.”
19 Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.” 21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” – Luke 8:19-21 (NKJV)
The condition of our heart produces the action of our hands. Remember to be kind to one another even when hiding behind a keyboard and monitor. The masses of the internet can be overwhelming with negativity, don’t get lost in that darkness. Seek positive energy! – Love to all of you!
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of GodMatthew 5:8-9 (NKJV)
I laughed as I was reading and this thought popped in my head, “Jesus is the New insurance plan.”
When the critics inquired why Jesus’ disciples were not fasting, Jesus explained that God was now working in a new way. The disciples of the Pharisees and of John were under the Old Testament Plan, filled with Jewish legalism and customs. Jesus’ disciples were celebrating Christ’s presence, and the new way, the New Testament Plan, full-coverage, deductible already paid, free from old habits and prejudices.
WHY, yes, I’ll subscribe to the NEW plan, thanks!
33 Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?” 34 And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?”
37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new Wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he say the old is better.Luke 5: 33-34 & Luke 5:37-39 (NKJV)