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Mark 3:13-35 – 3 Views – Meditative Musing for Nov 24

This reading gives 3 different ways people saw Jesus.

After Jesus chose His apostles, his family came looking for Him. They wanted to bring Him home, because they thought He was crazy.

The Pharisees were not so charitable. They said He drove out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons.

A large crowd, however, thronged to Him to hear Him speak. In fact this crowd, eager to hear Him, pressed Him so much that He could not even eat.

Jesus refuted the charge of acting by demonic power by pointing out that if Satan cast out Satan, his kingdom was divided and could not stand. He counter-charged the Pharisees with blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, an unforgivable sin.

When His family arrived to seize Him, he was teaching a crowd in a packed house. The family sent word they wanted to see Him, but He would not go out to them. Instead, He pointed to those around Him and said these are His true family, those who do the will of God.

Be charitable to Mary and His brothers. They were doing what they thought best for Jesus – but simply did not understand. Jesus, though, illustrated what He meant when He said we must love Him more than anything else. He put service to God above everything else. He ignored the scandal of false accusation and the pleas of His family to serve God.

How important is it to serve God above all else?

What do you think?


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