As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."
There is something about Jesus that Luke keeps bringing up. It is subtle, yet unmistakable. Jesus didn’t come to be a part of the in crowd. Or to create one!
Over and over, in subtle and not so subtle way, Jesus lets us know His message, His plans; His benefits are for everyone who wants in on them.
Here Jesus isn’t being disrespectful to His mother. Rather, He’s being careful to be inclusive of everyone else.
This is so unlike every other powerful person in history. Kings make plans for family succession. So do powerful men and women in the business world.
The rich and powerful may share some of their wealth and power, but the special benefits are always reserved for their family and closest friends.
There is always an in crowd. And it’s hard to get in it! Especially if you’re poor, unconnected, or unimportant in their eyes!
Not so with our Teacher. That’s a vital part of what makes Him so attractive to all of us. There really isn’t an in crowd.
Once Jesus even said – Who is my mother? Even then He was pointing out that everyone who does the will of God gets as close to Him as His own mother.
Students of this Teacher get it. They avoid setting up an in crowd in His Name. Like their Teacher, they are careful to safeguard the truth that everyone can get in on what Jesus came to provide.