The Life and Teachings
of Jesus
A Restatement of the Gospels

60. Last Words at Capernaum


       
7Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done, and he was perplexed. It was said by some that John had been raised from the dead,
8by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen.
9Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?”

       
46While Jesus was speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.
48But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”
49And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!
50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”a

       
27As he said this a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!”

       
28But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”b

       
(Lk. 9:7–9;
Mt. 12:46, 48–50;
Lk. 11:27–28)



a   “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”—Here again is revealed the core of Jesus’ personal religion, the doing of the Father’s will. All those who do the Father’s will are part of Jesus’ spiritual family, members of the divine brotherhood of the kingdom of heaven.

b   “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it”—Jesus’ teachings are the word of God. Our part is to learn the teachings of Jesus (“hear the word of God”) and then to live the teachings (“keep it”).



Lk. 9:7  perplexed. It / perplexed because it (RSV)
Mt. 12:46  While Jesus was speaking to / While he was still speaking to (RSV)  
(154:0,6/1717,21–22)


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