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author on January 7th, 2009

It was only a few generations ago that young men and women were judged by who their parents were. If you came from a prominent family line, privilege and advantage was often extended to you. Conversely, life could be miserable for those coming from a family with a shameful past – or simply from an unknown family.

In God’s big family, only one thing matters: “whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35Mark 3:35
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35 For whoever does the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”

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So if you do God’s will, welcome to the family!

It doesn’t matter what family you came from, and it doesn’t matter what you yourself have done in the past. Consider:

  • Abel, though his parents committed the original sin, offered a better sacrifice than his brother Cain, and was welcomed into the family of God (Hebrews 11:4Hebrews 11:4
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    4 By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had testimony given to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness with respect to his gifts; and through it he, being dead, still speaks.

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  • Enoch walked with God and as a result was translated without ever experiencing death – and welcomed into the family of God (Hebrews 11:5Hebrews 11:5
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    5 By faith, Enoch was taken away, so that he wouldn’t see death, and he was not found, because God translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to God.

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    , Genesis 5:22-24Genesis 5:22-24
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    22 Enoch walked with God after he became the father of Methuselah three hundred years, and became the father of sons and daughters. 23 all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty-five years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

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  • Noah was the only good guy in a world of unbelief and wickedness. he was ostracized for his faith in God – building an ark that ultimately saved him and his family from total destruction. He too, was welcomed into the family of God (Hebrews 11:7Hebrews 11:7
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    7 By faith, Noah, being warned about things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his house, through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

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  • Abraham, though he misled others about his wife, calling her his sister and bringing judgment on those he misled, and though he got impatient with God for a son and had a child by Sarah’s servant, was still obedient and became the father of a nation promised by God – and was welcomed into the family of God (Heb 11:11-12, 17-19Heb 11:11-12, 17-19
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    11 By faith, even Sarah herself received power to conceive, and she bore a child when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore as many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as innumerable as the sand which is by the sea shore, were fathered by one man, and him as good as dead. 17 By faith, Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac. Yes, he who had gladly received the promises was offering up his one and only son; 18 even he to whom it was said, “In Isaac will your seed be called;” 19 accounting that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Figuratively speaking, he also did receive him back from the dead.

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  • Moses, when he grew up, chose as his family his own people, renouncing the Egyptian wealth, and impulsively killed an Egyptian in defense of his people. Yet God used him to ultimately deliver the people and was welcomed into the family of God (Hebrews 11:27-28Hebrews 11:27-28
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    27 By faith, he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith, he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.

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  • Rahab, a Gentile prostitute, welcomed the spies and helped God’s people, was welcomed into the family of God (Hebrews 11:31Hebrews 11:31
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    31 By faith, Rahab the prostitute, didn’t perish with those who were disobedient, having received the spies in peace.

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Now these are just a few of the diverse people in scripture – millions more exist in history who were welcomed into the family of God. Will you be among them? If so, you’ll be in the best of company.

Content:

Jesus’ mother and brothers arrive to ‘take charge of Him’. When told of this, Jesus responds that whoever does God’s will is His brother, sister, mother.

Divisions:

  1. Jesus’ mother and brothers arrive, send for Him (Mark 3:31-32Mark 3:31-32
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    31 His mother and his brothers came, and standing outside, they sent to him, calling him. 32 A multitude was sitting around him, and they told him, “Behold, your mother, your brothers, and your sisters TR omits “your sisters” are outside looking for you.”

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  2. Jesus proclaims those who do God’s will as His brothers, sisters, and mother (Mark 3:33-35Mark 3:33-35
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    33 He answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 Looking around at those who sat around him, he said, “Behold, my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”

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Subject Sentence:

Those who do God’s will are Christ’s brethren

Aim:

To cause the audience to know that doing God’s will connects us with Jesus Christ.