Theme: COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF MARK CHAPTERS 1-6
Text : “And he looked round about on them which sat about him; behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” -Mark 3:34, 35
Comment: Thinking that being her son, he would do her bidding, Mary, along with the brothers of Christ requested him to take leave from what he was doing at that point in time to attend to her. She was clearly in error in this assumption and Jesus Christ did not waste time in telling her so. The person who would lay proper claim to being his mother or brother or sister is the person who does the will of God. If the mother and brethren want to be seen in that light then they should support what he was doing and not interrupt his preaching.
The point is that one should not displease God in the bid to please one’s parents, children or relations or friends. “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:37-39) While the Bible does not teach that a Christian should abandon his parents and relations the fact is that one should not allow their opinions to make one to go against the will of God. – Compare Luke 14:26, 27.