Focal passage: Mark 3:23-35
In C.S. Lewis’ classic book, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, we find the Pevensie children making their way to Aslan, the lion. As the story progresses, the children learn Aslan has the power to restore life to all those who were turned to stone by the White Witch.
Throughout Lewis’ story, the reader also learns that Aslan is who he says he is. As for the beginning chapters of Mark, the increasing testimony of Christ’s work – in both word and deed – culminates in this passage. The main point here is that Christ is who He says He is, the Son of God and Savior of the world.
From a literary perspective, Mark 3:22-30 may seem out of place. But Mark appears to include the section to emphasize two ideas: (1) the difference between Jesus’ friends and family and the scribes, and (2) to explain the “unpardonable” sin.
Jesus demonstrates the seriousness of attributing or assigning Christ’s lifesaving power, through both word and deed, to Satan. In Narnia, that would be akin to saying Aslan’s power to restore came from the White Witch. It simply does not make sense. If Satan was behind all that Jesus had done, then it would go against everything Satan tries to accomplish.
In previous chapters, Jesus has displayed Himself through His power. He drove out demons, was tempted by Satan for 40 days and healed people. Jesus also demonstrated His authority through conflicts, which led up to the current passage, where He closely identifies Himself with the people of God.
Verses 31-35 should not lead us to believe Jesus teaches that family relationships are unimportant. Instead, He is simply pointing to a higher priority. That higher priority is “the will of God.” In these verses, Mark identifies Jesus as the One who is unified with both the Father and the people of God. How might you demonstrate such unity in your life this week?