“Pointing to 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.'”
This is, admittedly, a familiar passage. Jesus reminds his disciples (and us too) that being a part of the family of God is not something limited to blood relations. To be with God means to be with God: following and living in the ways to which God calls us. This new life is not easy, yet is as simple as Christ describes it.
In announcing the new rules for what it means to be in the family of God, He is of course telling His hearers that in Christ they are not just family with each other. They are family with Him. With God. They share the same lineage and family tree.
Jesus’ disciples try to tie him down to one family on earth, replete with mother and brothers. That is, of course, too limited. While certainly a flesh-and-blood member of the family of Mary, Christ’s being is much more. He is the Son of God. And, miracle of miracles, as we follow God we are daughters and sons of God too.
The significance of our new familial relationship with Christ is underlined by something he says earlier in this chapter when he describes himself as the “Son of Man.” In verse 42 he reminds everyone that now “something greater than Solomon is here.” Greater than the most powerful king in the history of Israel. Greater than all his fame. Greater than all his riches. Greater than all his wisdom.
And yet, even in the midst of all his greatness Christ claims that we who trust in God are his own siblings. His own family. All of us children of one God.