July 2003
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Who Are Your Relatives?

 

Two recent events prompted these thoughts concerning relatives.

The first was reading something in the life of Jesus;

the second, was a woman speaking of her motherís death. 

 

            The woman regretted that, at her motherís passing, sheíd failed to say how much she loved her.  She had often told her mother she loved her, but not at the moment of her death.  Many people must sense this same sadness.  The womanís sorrow appears perfectly natural.

 

            The event in Jesusí life found Him talking to a house full of people when, it is written, He was told, Matthew 1247. Your mother & brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.  Strangely He replied 1248 & 50. Who is my mother, & who are my brothers? ... ... whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother & sister & mother.

 

            This is not the only occasion when Jesus seemed to respond to His close relatives in an unnatural way.  Comparing the woman and Jesus we could be left thinking hers was a right attitude and His was not! 

 

            But consider what He says.  He doesnít discount His close relatives.  He carefully identifies and characterises those who are real relatives - whoever does the will of my Father in heaven.  He offers open access to a relationship with Himself and His Father.  He doesnít disregard His family but enlarges it. 

 

You might ask, What is the will of the Father in heaven?

Jesus teaches that Godís wants us to come to Him,

confess our sins and ask forgiveness in Jesus Name.

Then we have this promise

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins

and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 19

 

 

Rev Richard Martin Martin                                  23 June 2003

 

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