Summary: By confronting the attitudes of the Jewish Leaders, and recognising the challenges which not-yet-believing family can bring on our faith, Jesus issues a warning that it is possible to commit the unforgivable sin.
“You Can Commit The Unforgivable Sin”
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We all know that Jesus had a mother. But did you also know that Jesus was raised in a family. Matthew 13:54-56 tells us a little about this family.
Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" they asked. "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?"
4 brothers. At least 2 sisters.
At least 7 siblings … with Jesus the oldest.
It would not have been easy.
We know Jesus was very intelligent - at age 12 temple rabbis with His wisdom. A discussion around the table creates debate. Then Jesus gives the answer and everyone knows He is right.
Jesus also had a perfect character - Mary would be talking to Simon, “Are you lying to me?” I will know - I’ll just ask Jesus.
Jesus always obeyed His parents. Mary walks into the girl’s bedroom - “Why can’t you keep your room more tidy, like Jesus”.
Imagine what happened when Mary started talking about when they were born … “a star came out, Magi from 1000’s of km away came with expensive gifts.” Any other birth story is kind of … well boring.
We get some hints at the impact of the difficulty in John 7:5 which tells us that, when it came to the ministry of Jesus, “not even his brothers believed in him”. The first time in the Bible where it is mentioned that the brothers of Jesus believed is after the ascension in Acts 1:14.
As a quick aside … the fact that even the family of Jesus didn’t believe is encouraging to us isn’t it.
Because even when you speak the Gospel perfectly … that doesn’t guarantee a response.
Ultimately it is the grace of God that works in God’s timing. So never give up on not-yet-believing family.
Jesus family didn’t always appreciate what Jesus was on about. In fact there was a time when they thought He was insane.
Read Mark 3:20-30
Even His own family think He is crazy.
A little religion can be a good thing, but Jesus had become a fanatic.
He wasn’t following the traditions of the elders.
He was suffering from delusions of grandeur.
If there were insane asylums in Jesus’ day, He would have been taken away by men in a straight-jacket. And the ones who would do the committing would be His own family.
Why is the family so concerned? What would lead them to the conclusion that He has gone over the edge? Well think about some of the facts.
Jesus had thrown away personal security. He’s left a good home and a good business and became a wandering preacher. There are times when He has had no place to sleep except outside. He has very few worldly possessions.