Jesus’ Unconventional Family: Understanding the Disciples in Mark 3

Understanding the Imperfections of Jesus’ Disciples and the Power of His Love

Greg J Barber


Today, we continue our journey through the book of Mark. Mark guides us through an intentional process of getting to know Jesus. But, getting to know Jesus is not just about gaining information or statistics, it’s not just about hearing stories or details.

It’s about building a relationship with Jesus over time.

Mark is not just asking us to read his book, but to actively participate in the discovery process of understanding and relating to Jesus. As we read Mark’s account of what he and others saw, felt and discovered about Jesus, the hope is that we too will participate in this process of getting to know Jesus.

As we reach week four of our journey through Mark, we’ve see John the Baptist baptizing people in the Jordan river and Jesus beginning his public ministry. We saw Jesus standing out as different, with authority in his teaching, authority over sickness and demons and authority that is different from the religious authorities. We’ve also seen Jesus connecting with real people and helping them. We’ve also seen Jesus being questioned by the religious authorities and through this questioning, we have had the opportunity to understand Jesus and his responses in a deeper way. As we processed this passage, we thought about how Jesus would respond to the questions and criticisms that are directed at Christians today.

Now today the theme of FAMILY hits the pages

As we continue to read through the book of Mark, we are in the process of getting to know Jesus. But, getting to know Jesus also has an impact on our lives. It’s not just about the divide between heaven and hell, it’s about how knowing Jesus can positively impact our everyday lives. For example, even here in Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic has numerous resources for promoting a healthy lifestyle. One of those resources is a list of 12 habits for having a healthy family.

Here are a 12 tips to help you and your family be healthy and happy:

1. Exercise.

2. Forgive.

3. Manage portions.

4. Be proactive with health care.

5. Get quality sleep.

6. Explore new things.