This blog is a brief adaptation from Book 2, Part III of my books Their Own Best Defense. Mark 3:21, 31-35 has the account of Christ’s mother and siblings trying to impose family authority as the basis of discipleship. That’s what ruled Jewish culture for 1500 years. It’s what the family thought still ruled when Christ’s fame so outgrew even their patience that they decided he had become a danger to himself—the personification of what would later be known as the Jerusalem Complex.
In Judaism at the time, fathers dominated religious life as in Roman culture everyday life. Whatever fathers believed, taught and observed became RULE number ONE in family life. Christ’s family simply followed traditional thought when they had the message telegraphed from them to him. They came to take him. They had no doubt he would obey.
From him to them the answer came, teaching that cracked like a flaming whip under their chins, singeing his brothers’ beards and burning his mother’s feelings. It hurt for a long time, but they learned something about Jesus they never forgot: don’t interfere in his work. Simon Peter learned it later when he officiously told Jesus he couldn’t die. Jesus shrank him to an inch by calling him a “Satan!” Skeptics today who bring criticisms of him instead of compliance should take note. As should believers who bring him compliments instead of commitment. In any situation, don’t call for Jesus to follow us. He won’t. Don’t think he won’t hurt our feelings. He will.
Let no one determine that self-denial is no longer necessary to be a Christian. Let no one think we can hide a lack of personal faith inside a church body. Let no one excuse personal obedience because others in the family don’t yield allegiance to hm. Let no one misunderstand: however good our family relationship may be, a great FAMILY of God is our only eternal fellowship. Let no one think that a poor family life eliminates our having a powerful and pleasant fellowship among Christian friends.
Above all, never consider Jesus a helpless kitten, warm and cuddly, depending on our approval. He’s the LION roaring, claws extended, ripping apart all who think to control him.
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