(KJV.) MATTHEW 12:48-50
(48) But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
(49) And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
(50) For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
THE KINGDOM FAMILY
Brethren, the preacher said, ... and there is nothing new under the Sun, (Ecclesiastes 1:9); that is an absolute statement! Today, if any Christian believer faces persecutions for righteousness sake, that is nothing new under the Sun, it happened to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior before, during, after his ministry on earth; to points of sufferings for our iniquities, crucified and death, buried in a tomb and resurrection, ascended into heaven, seated at the right hand of our Father as an advocate to all those who believes in him as Lord and Savior; for his sufferings to accomplish the assignment, Jesus received the greatest reward, the name above all names, that, at the mention of his name, all knees must bow, crowned king of kings, and Lord of Lords, lives and reigns forevermore; therefore, if we suffer persecutions for righteousness sake, let us have hope of eternal glory, and know for facts that there are rewards after our ordeals, for nothing having completed for Jesus Christ is futile.
Regardless of what types of persecutions believers endure during their walk in the righteousness of Jesus Christ; all things work together for good at the end of it all, for the glorification of our Father, and there is always the sunshine after gloomy cloudy skies move away; for, sufferings does not last forever in believers lives, either persecutors retire from doing their evil works or the sufferings lose their lives in the process; either ways, there is always an end to sufferings for righteousness sake; in the case when lives are lost during persecution, believers receive greater rewards from Jesus Christ; therefore, our sufferings at this present times, are nothing compared to the glory awaiting believers in life everlasting. (Romans 8:18); however, those of us, who are not in any type of persecutions for righteousness sake, endeavor to support those who are, for, we belong to one body of Jesus Christ, the kingdom family, if possible, encourage them to lay aside all fears, and be strong, stand firmly in the faith, persevere and forbear all antagonizing reproaches, regardless of circumstances, to focus on Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior until divine interventions.
In the above text, Jesus Christ faced persecutions from scholars who followed him around to hear his teachings, in other to use his own connotations, arrest and persecute him; however, Jesus was smarter than they were, he was present when man was created, knew everything about human evil imaginations, due to disobedience of Adam and Eve, in the garden of Eden. (Genesis 3); therefore, when persecutors tried to frustrate him with nonsensical questions, Jesus disengaged himself from them, intended to move away, out of their sight, but while he yet talked with the people, his mother and brothers wanted to speak with him; suddenly, someone said unto Jesus; in other words, Look! Here are your mother and brothers waiting to talk with you. (Matthew 12:47); Jesus answered and said to the person; Who is my mother! and who are my brothers! First of all, it sounded like Jesus was frustrated with this statement; however, he was not at all, the statement was directed towards his provokers, and not towards his family members; he said that, essentially, for the crowd to know that he is for all people, not just his blood line alone; progressively, Jesus's ministry have started, he needed to break away from family ties, in order to fully focus on his mission, fulfil his purposes without domestic interruptions and issues; subsequently, does Jesus's actions resonate with some of ours today? are there souls ties, that we need to disengage ourselves, in order to move forward to serve Jesus Christ? This is a point to ponder on!
For, Jesus said, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23); therefore, there comes to certain times in life, where, believers, must make drastic decisions to follow Jesus Christ, serve him faithfully, successfully finish assignments, inherit eternity; consequently, if were are being called to enter into the kingdom family of Jesus Christ; let us be encouraged to move forward, without fears, or delays, but trust in Jesus Christ forevermore.
Dearly beloved, as humanity, we enter into this world through birth canals of our mothers, raise up under parental controls; however, spiritually, we do not belong to parents or households; we belong to our Father, and are brothers, and sisters of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, and are on different assignments in this world; therefore, if we live our lives in the righteousness of our Father through him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous lights, at the end of our lives on earth, we will inherit live everlasting, be part of the kingdom family, receive crown of glories, and joint heirs with our brother Jesus Christ forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. John 15:14 Ye are my friends, If ye do whatsoever I command you.