Mark 3:31-35 also v20-21
31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
Jesus family misunderstood his ministry. We can maybe imagine Jesus’ brothers chatting one night about how their brother is creating quite a stir. They can’t understand it, it didn’t seem to fit with the cultural and family norms. They have had enough, they are worried about him. Perhaps, they think, we can bring him home and then everything will be ok. They find the house where he is staying.
The house is packed and the disciples were not even able to eat their food. (3:20). Somehow a message gets through to Jesus stating that his family are outside. What happen next is shocking? Jesus does not try to offer hospitality or explanation. No doubt he knows his family are distraught, surely he wants to comfort them and reassure them of his role.
Instead Jesus offer a redefinitions of family ties and family loyalty. Jesus’ family are defined by those who have allegiance to him. In the new kingdom. new relationships are established, new allegiances are needed.
It is likely that this ‘new family’ included some who were the outcasts of the community and had been rejected by their family. By showing allegiance to Jesus and the new Kingdom movement previously held cultural diving walls were being broken down. the excluded were being embraced. Those who were doubting the arrival of the kingdom, whether they be the religious elite of the day or family members, are now those who face the risk of being excluded.