Mark 6:3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon?” Aren’t his sisters here with us?” and they took offense at him.
Prayer: Jesus, we given thanks that you came into the world to share our life.
Thought for the day: Jesus was one of seven children born to Mary.
Matthew 12:48,49 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.
Prayer: Lord God, how grateful we are that you have created an eternal family for all of us.
Thought for the day: Kinship of the Spirit can be thicker than kinship of blood.
Hebrews 2:10,11 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, how proud we are to be called your brothers and sisters in faith.
Thought for the day: Neither time, nor gender, nor race are barriers to the family of faith.
Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you were the firstborn from the dead that we might follow you into eternity.
Thought for the day: When you climb Jacob’s ladder, ever rung goes higher, higher.
Luke 1:68, 69 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.
Prayer: Ah, Lord God, you have done as you promised. You have sent us a Savior.
Thought for the day: When you share Jesus, you share the greatest Christmas gift.
Luke 2:6,7 While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and place him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, your birth reminds us of God’s incredible love for the world
Thought for the day: Believing in God’s Son, Jesus, is an incredible gift no one should pass up.
Hebrews 13:1, 2 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may the example of your extraordinary love inspire us daily.
Thought for the day: Jesus never met an unlovable person.
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Adult Bible Study Outline — Mark 6: 1-6
F – I – R – S – T
Note: Both Matthew and Mark confirm that Jesus was one of seven children. He had four brothers, and he had at least two sisters. He was the first of Mary’s children
Family – Jesus grew up with six siblings, and he knew how to share.
Incarnation – When we speak of God in the flesh, that is, God incarnate, we should not overlook all the daily challenges that Jesus faced as one of us.
Redemption – Jesus came to fulfill the promise to David that God would redeem Israel.
Son – Jesus was the son of Mary, and he was the Son of God.
Tribute – The gift of Jesus was a tribute to God’s great love for the world. Read John 3:16.