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Why didn't Jesus have a family? How does Jesus heal us if he died? Where did God come from?

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Thank you for asking these great questions about God, Jesus, healing and family. Even though they are all different questions in their own right in some ways they are also interlinked.

You say that Jesus didn’t have a family, but that is not true! Firstly Jesus is God's Son and therefore God is His Father. This can be seen at Jesus' baptism:

And when Jesus was baptised, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:16-17)

Jesus also had an earthly family. Mary was his mother, and the Bible speaks of his having a number of brothers (Matthew 12:46). Joseph, Mary's husband after Jesus was born, would have adopted Jesus as his earthly son:

"Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. (Matthew 1:20-25)

Jesus is fully God and fully Man. He has a heavenly family, a relationship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Before anything was created, Jesus, the Father and the Spirit existed in perfect love and unity; God has always existed, He was not created. If God were created then he would not be an eternal or all-powerful God. The Bible says that:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)

In this Bible passage we see that God the Father, the Spirit and the Word of God were present. Later on in the Bible it says that the Word was also there at the beginning and all things were created through Him:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3)

Jesus did not have an earthly wife or children; He came to earth for a purpose and that purpose was to die for us. He dedicated himself to this to the exclusion of any earthly comfort, even telling us that "the son of man has nowhere to lay his head" (Matthew 8:20).

A further and even more important consideration is the impossibility of Jesus leaving behind himself a wife or child. His uniquely sinless nature could not have been shared in marriage because it would involve the impossible: a 'oneness' between the sinless one and a sinner. Equally, a child of Jesus and a sinner would have meant another impossibility - inheriting sinfulness from the mother yet being a child of the Son of God. Furthermore, the very nature of Christianity is to follow Jesus Himself. Even his mother Mary disappears from the story of the Church after Jesus' resurrection. Imagine the confusion if there was a 'first family' in the Church - yet a family of sinners who could go astray. Some would surely want to follow physical people rather than the spiritual presence of the Risen Christ!

Jesus came to earth to make a way for us to know God again. He lives the perfect life that we cannot live so that he could die in our place for the wrong we have done. Jesus made a way for us to come into this heavenly family.

Jesus died and rose again so he can heal us from sin, death and disease. Jesus has also gone into heaven to prepare a place for his family of people who believe in him by faith.

People who believe in Jesus' death and resurrection for the forgiveness of their sins are made right with God and become his coheirs, brothers and sisters, and like a wife of Christ. The whole of the Church people are referred to as Jesus' bride collectively.

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32)

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:16-17)

In summary, Jesus is alive and so can heal us and give us new life, God has always existed, and Jesus has always had a heavenly family and came to add us to it if we believe in his work!

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