Human or Divine Parenthood?

"Who is my mother?" Matt. 12:48; asked Christ Jesus when he was told that his mother and brothers wanted to speak with him. With this startling question he aroused the thought of his students and then pointed out that his true relatives were those who did the will of his heavenly Father. Now, Jesus was not rejecting his human mother. The fact that he loved her is brought out poignantly in his tender solicitude for her when she stood by his cross. Gently he entrusted her to the care of his beloved disciple, John, saying to her, "Woman, behold thy son!" and to John, "Behold thy mother!" John 19:26, 27;

The fact is that, early in his experience, Jesus had become aware of his relationship to God. When he was only twelve years old and his mother expressed her concern because she thought he had been lost, Jesus replied, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" Luke 2:49;

"Our sufficiency is of God"
August 3, 1968

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