Mark 3:21 (ESV)
²And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
After approximately 30 years of living an ordinary and quiet Jewish life, Jesus suddenly started to minister with great power and authority. After being baptized, he began to regularly preach in the synagogues, miraculously heal the sick and lame, and powerfully cast out demons. In a matter of months, Jesus went from being a no name Jewish tradesman to becoming a national hero.
In Mark 3:7, it says that “a great crowd followed (him) from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon.” When you look at a map in the time of Jesus, you will see that what Mark is basically saying is that people from all over Israel came out to see him and followed him wherever he went.
The change in Jesus and in his life was so dramatic that his family didn’t know what to make of it. Can you imagine how disorienting it must have been for his siblings to watch their oldest brother go from “Jesus, my older bro” to “Jesus, the Anointed One, the Savior of the World”?
In Mark 3:21, we see how crazy and confusing it must have been for them because Mark says that there came a point when his family tried to “seize him, for they were saying, ‘He is out of his mind.’” Can you imagine this? They see all that’s happening to Jesus and they can’t make sense of him. He’s definitely not evil or corrupt so he just must be nuts.
So, out of sincere love for their brother, they seek to capture him and bring him home because they think he’s seriously lost touch with reality. But the truth is that Jesus has not lost his marbles. He’s totally fine and he is actually acting more like himself than ever before. The problem is not that Jesus is “out of his mind”, the problem is that Jesus no longer fits in his family’s mind.
Often times, your immediate family members are the ones who are most resistant to holy change in you. Why is that? I think it is because your immediate family is most familiar with the “old” you. And the “old” you may have some flaws but at least you’re familiar and therefore predictable. You see, when a person changes, even for the good, those around him also have to change. However, not everyone likes to change his or her ways, even if the change is godly and good.
For Jesus’ family, they all had to come to the realization that Jesus was not just their brother but He was their Savior and Lord. That meant that they had to humble themselves before him, honor him and even worship him. If they refused to change, then they would miss the salvation that God was working in and through their “older brother”.
For you and I, we won’t have family members coming out as God but we will have spouses, children, parents and siblings coming into a faith-based, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And in that new life with Christ, we will most likely see good and godly change come about in their lives. When that change begins to occur, get ready for some possible internal resistance within you; especially if Jesus gets a hold of your spouse. For the truth is, when someone close to you changes, then that means you have to change too. The good and godly change that Jesus is working in your family member will inevitably force a good and godly change in you. Don’t resist it. You won’t want to miss or hinder the salvation that God is working in and through your loved one.