“My Mother and My Brethren”

By Irvin Himmel

Jesus had a fleshly mother and brothers and sisters. Joseph was Mary’s husband and Jesus’ foster father. Those who were acquainted with the family said of Jesus, “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us?” (Matt. 13:55).

On one occasion it was reported to Jesus, “Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?” Perhaps the subsequent action and remark of Jesus startled some who were present. He stretched forth his hand to-ward his disciples, and said, “Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Matt. 12:46-50).

There is a relationship that is far more important than physical ties. Jesus was emphasizing that precious spiritual connection. Mary is not to be worshiped, even though she was the earthly mother of Jesus. His brothers and sisters were not automatically in favor with God because they were in the same physical family. To be in the same spiritual family with Jesus is what really matters.

Guardian of Truth XL: No. 22, p. 15
November 21, 1996