Mark 3:31-35 · Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
Faces of Failure: Jesus’s Family
Mark 3:20-21, 31-35
by Don Tuttle

Have you ever noticed how some of those who should know Jesus best don’t?

Take, for example, the people in his hometown of Nazareth.  In Luke’s Gospel, the people who saw him play in their streets and work in his father’s shop are at first impressed with him.  But when he returns to speak in the synagogue and suggests there is more faith among the pagans than among them they became furious and try to kill him.

Or consider the disciples.  They spend three years working with Jesus.  They are there for all the key moments in his ministry, and yet when he tells them he is going to Jerusalem where he “must suffer many things, be rejected [by the religious leaders] and killed” they don’t understand.

These are the people who should know Jesus best, but they don’t.

Of course, the best example …

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