Opposition to Jesus from every side in Mark 3 video discussion

The gospel reading for Trinity 2 in Year B is Mark 3.20–35 (the end of the chapter).

It is a fascinating episode, since in characteristic style, Mark ‘intercalates’ or sandwiches one story inside another—the opposite from the Jewish authorities sits within the story of his family trying to stop his ministry. We learn about the authority and ministry of Jesus not just from each story, but from the connections between the two. And this leads to some profound implications about family, identity, and the nature of discipleship.

Come and join Ian and James as they explore the issues and implications.

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7 thoughts on “Opposition to Jesus from every side in Mark 3 video discussion”

  1. Wondering if Jesus redefining his family here as those who do God’s will rather than biological has links with the idea that children of Abraham are those who are children by faith – and not genetic.

  2. Just to point out that in the discussion about the family being outside, and the crowd inside, who are sitting as disciples (v32), you did not mention that the family were standing outside (v31). So, they were in a posture of non-discipleship, as it were.

  3. Jesus retires to a quiet place, the “legal eagles” descend and accuse him of being in league with the devil, Jesus answers their stupid logic.
    Perhaps his family hearing the commotion and fearful of the possible consequences of the accusations, plead that He is merely “beside himself” Jesus does not rebuke them as He did Simon “get thee behind me Satan” as a tool of Satan.
    Jesus did not need to be saved from Himself [as we do!] but enlarges that His family are those who believe and obey Him.
    Overmuch clamour requires some management so later He asks for a boat to preach from to avoid the press [don’t we all need to avoid the contentions of “The Press” at times?]
    And later still retiring to the mountain to pray [for me the place of regaining equilibrium] no doubt to commune with His Father in His place of rest.
    “Drop thy still dews of Quietness ‘till all our strivings cease
    Take from our lives the strain and stress and let our ordered lives confess the Beauty of Thy Peace”. Which places the Lexionary passage in its context.


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