Friday Morning: 20 Sep 2019 – Matthew 12:38-50 ~ family ties

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Endurance – Friday)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son first suffered pain and crucifixion before entering into glory: Mercifully grant that we, walking in his footsteps, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Morning Reading – Matthew 12:38-50 (NLT)

The Sign of Jonah

One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.”

But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.

“The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent. The queen of Sheba will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.

“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.”

The True Family of Jesus

As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak to you.”

Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

Morning Reflection:

family ties
Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
– Matthew 12:48 –

Jesus’ question did not depreciate His physical mother and brothers. His answer showed that He simply gave priority to His heavenly Father and doing His will. Spiritual relationships take precedence over physical relationships Note that the word “whoever,” referring to those who do the will of God by believing on His Son, left the possibility of salvation open to anyone.

Questions for consideration:

  • Have you ever had to make either/or choices between your physical family and your spiritual family? Please explain.
  • Have you ever had to choose between doing the will of your family and doing the will of God? Please explain.
  • In general, how do you determine God’s will for your life? Please explain.
  • Do you consider yourself a sibling of Christ? Please explain.


Morning Prayer: For God’s Will to be Done in Me –

Lord Jesus: As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and that my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your sibling, Lord. Thank you for dying for me and rising again—so that every day could be filled with the wonder of your love, the freedom of your Spirit, and the joy of knowing you. Lead me on the path of life – full, satisfying, and eternal – for your names’ sake. Amen.


“Christ Be All Around Me” -All Sons & Daughters



May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen