The Transition: Mark 3:31-35
“31) Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him. 32) A crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.” 33) Answering them, He said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?” 34) Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! 35) For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”” Mark‬ ‭3‬:‭31‬-‭35
Some people look at this text and conclude that Jesus was being rude to His home community and His earthly family. I believe something entirely different was happening. I see Him transitioning from His human role to His Divine role.
Notice that Joseph was not present. As oldest son of His widowed mother, the responsibility to raise His siblings and provide for His family fell on His shoulders until they could become self sustaining. As He entered His public ministry at age 30, He had fulfilled this responsibility.
The transition had actually been promoted by His mother. Keep in mind, she was the one who had pushed Him into first miracle at Cana of Galilee. (See John 2:1-12). By doing so, she was indicating it was time for Him to spread His Divine wings and fly! It was a nudge that was needed, but was accompanied by much pain, sorrow and regret.
On this occasion in Mark 3:31-23, He was well into His new role. He was publicly emphasizing His transition from the Carpenters son to The Son of God.
In this story, He was stressing His transition from His physical family to the His spiritual family. He was laying aside His earthy residency and picking up His heavenly citizenship. The final visit to the family carpenters shop of Joseph was now behind Him. He was handing the mallet, hand planes and wood chisels to His younger brothers. They now held the keys to the family business.
From this point forward He fixed His focus on His new role as the Lamb of God destined for the cross to accomplish human redemption. He was now embracing His responsibility to proved for the entire family of God!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global