21When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3:21)
Mark and John both talk about how Jesus’ own family did not believe Jesus was who He claimed to be. I have always found this interesting. I’m sure the brothers and sisters of Jesus had to know the story of their oldest brother’s birth. Or maybe Mary and Joseph kept it a secret as to how Jesus was born. I highly doubt that. I’m sure each year, as Jesus grew older, his parents would recollect about His amazing birth and Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, with a few surprise guests were the first to experience what we today call “Christmas Day,” the day of Jesus’ birth. But in those first years, Christmas was just Jesus’ birthday. Luke is the only Gospel writer that mentions anything about the life of Jesus as a boy, then a young man, which we will cover next month. The mystery of Jesus’ life before His ministry began is left to be dissected by scholars and to the imagination of the most devout. But I find it fascinating that in the verse above, Jesus’ own family said His actions made them feel like “He is out of his mind.”
And I am sure, at that moment, Jesus’ brothers and sisters, Mary and Joseph, probably did think Jesus had lost His mind. Here was the calm, peaceful teacher suddenly preaching a world-shattering message of salvation and redemption.
When you find Christ, truly, truly, find Christ, those around you who know you best might think you have lost your mind. And that’s okay. They may ridicule you and mock you. And that’s okay too. Just keep following Jesus. Lead the way.
Reading plan: Mark 3:20-35
Deeper reading plan: Numbers 5-9
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray that you lead your family to know Christ.
Fitness challenge: Cardio day. Day 1 of sprints. Jog for five minutes, stretch, then do 7 x 40 meter sprints at 80-100% max effort. How far is 40 meters? You can just take 40 large exaggerated steps, turn and run back to your starting point.