THERE IS MORE SAID IN THE PODCAST AUDIO THAN IN THE NOTES BELOW
TEXT: Matthew 12:46-50:
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
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.
Greg Allen said, “Whoever hears the truth about Jesus, and puts their faith in His sacrifice on the cross for them, has entered into a saving relationship with Jesus. They so trust Him and so love Him that they walk in the steps that He commands them to walk. They prove their trust and love by obeying His commandments, by keeping His word, and by loving others of His family as He loves them. Whoever does this is doing the will of the Father. And whoever does the will of His Father is a member of His family—His brother and sister and mother.”
In our last message in this series, we saw how the family of God is open to all who do the will of God the Father. Those who do the will of God are the brothers, mothers, and sisters of Jesus Christ.
While Jesus loved his earthly family members, those who are most closely related to Him are those who have accepted Him as Saviour and who are doing His Father’s will on earth. Spiritual ties to Christ are more important than earthly ties to your family. Jesus wants us to look beyond our relations with our earthly family to our relations with Jesus Christ and the spiritual family of God. John MacArthur said, “This is not to say that He is denying the reality that they were His family. It’s not to say that He didn’t love them. We know He loved them; He redeemed His brothers. It was not until after the cross and the resurrection that they really believed, but they did believe. Scriptures indicate that to us, and James, His brother, became the head of the Jerusalem church. And it certainly does not indicate that He had no affection for Mary, because you see Him hanging on the cross, and the one great thing that He does, of course, in terms of taking care of what’s left on earth is to be sure that Mary is given to John and John is given to Mary, so that John can care for her. So we know He loved them. But what Jesus is trying to say, at this point, that earthly, physical relationships are not an issue with Me. “Who is my mother? Who are My brothers?” In other words, “Who’s really related to Me? Who’s really in My family? Who really has any intimacy with Me? Who can really put demands on Me in regard to responsibility and fellowship?” And verse 49 He answers His own question. “He stretched forth His hand toward His disciples” – who were there – “and said, ‘Behold, My mother and My brethren!’” You want to know who’s related to me? There they are. They’re my spiritual family. And that’s the only real family that matters. And in a very real sense, this extended itself to Mary and the brothers as an invitation as well. Mary had to be redeemed just like everybody else. That’s why when the angel gave her the message, she thanked God her Savior. She had to be redeemed. So did His brothers. So there may have been a latent invitation to them, and certainly they would have been encompassed in the wide invitation to all who were there. Jesus was saying, “Relationship, to Me, is a spiritual issue. And these who believe in Me are related to Me.” What is the will of our Father which art in heaven? Jesus Himself gives the answer in John 6:29, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Who has God sent? It is none other Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as He says in John 6:38, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” He further explains the will of God in John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” So now you know the will of God for your life. The question is, will you do it? Do God’s will and put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, so that you will become a part of the family of God.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.