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REBLOGGED FROM UTAH-LUTHERAN By Rev. Bror Erickson

Luke 8:19-21 (ESV)
Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. [20] And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” [21] But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
In Mark’s gospel it is explained that Mary and her sons had to get Jesus because they believed him to be a bit cracked.
It was one of the many temptations that Jesus had in his ministry. His family knew where his preaching would land him. They wanted to bring him home, and watch him, nay say. Perhaps he thought he would tarnish their name. Family can be that way. The temptation was to go home, and stay where his family would love him, to not forsake their love. But his love for you and me was greater. He turns his back on family, knowing full well that meant going to the cross for you and me.
Luke leaves all this out, perhaps because at this time Jesus’ brothers had become leaders in the church and he didn’t want to ruin their reputations. 

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