The DNA Group I’m a part of is currently reading through the Gospel of Mark together and we’ve begun to notice how Jesus embodies our new identity (family, missionary, servant) and lives it out in the everyday rhythms of life.
Each week we follow up with each other about what we learned last week and how we are all doing living in that identity. We don’t want to just be hearers of the Word, but doers also.
This week we took a look at chapter 3 of the Gospel of Mark. In this passage we witnessed Jesus living out the identity of family with his disciples, and the rhythm of rest.
First we noticed that Jesus observed the sabbath practice of his culture, entering into their rhythm of weekly rest, but he redeemed it from the legalism they had attached to it, by showing that the sabbath wasn’t an excuse to ignore the needs of your fellow man.
Then we saw that Jesus attempted to withdraw from the work of his ministry by taking a beach vacation with his disciples.
Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea (Mark 3:7)
Next Jesus appointed the 12 apostles “so that they might be with him”. He kept these guys close. He spent a lot of time with them. He took them along when he was healing people, teaching, and even when he was looking for some rest from the work. They became like family to him.
Finally, Jesus is at his home, with the disciples, teaching and healing, and his biological family, his mother (Mary) and his brothers came looking for him. They were actually intent on hauling him away somewhere because of the way he was acting. They thought Jesus had lost it mentally.
for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3:21)
It seem they were unsuccessful in this first attempt, probably because of the crowd that surrounded him. So they show up a second time and the crowd tells Jesus that his mom and brothers are there. His response makes it clear that Jesus is living out of his identity as a child of God.
And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:33-35)
As believers, we have been adopted into the family of God. We have been made sons of God, and brothers and sisters to each other. Jesus fully demonstrated this for us by both words and actions in this chapter. He spent time with his disciples, just like you would with your family, he worked with them, ate with them, and rested with them.
As family, we need a lot of time together. We can’t live out all the “one another” commands of scripture unless we’re together. Being family isn’t always easy. Sometimes it is downright difficult. But as the household of God we get the unparalleled privilege of experiencing family in an all new way. We personally care for one another – both physically and spiritually. We disciple, nurture, and hold each other accountable to Covenant life together. One of the ways we do this through steady-state gospel community and consistent involvement in a DNA group.
* The photo at the top of this post was drawn by my four year old daughter.