Did Jesus ever say, “Whatever”? | Avalon Church

Once again a crowd had gathered. Happened most every time Jesus talked in public. Matthew records that:

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

He replied to him, “Whatever.”

Okay, so that’s not exactly what Jesus said – but almost:

He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

It is this sense of priorities from the life of Jesus that Pastor Dale will explore in more detail this Sunday as we continue the “Whatever” sermon series. The two key points of the message are:

  • To be a disciple I must love Jesus above all else
  • To be a disciple I must love every other disciple

These are challenging concepts, explained by Jesus in language that is almost offensive in its directness. In preparation for our time of study this Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following scripture verses:

  • Matthew 12:46-50 – Jesus has a really big family, far beyond flesh and blood
  • Luke 14:25-35 – Jesus above all else; give special attention to verses 26 and 27
  • John 13:34-35 – the disciple lie detector test
  • 1 John 4:20-21 – just in case we did not understand John 13:35

After last Sunday’s message have you become aware of how often you say the word, “whatever”? Bet it surprised you, didn’t it? Praying for Avalon Church this week, asking the Lord to help us rise above a “whatever” mentality.

Pastor Jim

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