The Brother Of Jesus

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in Dispersion: Greetings.

The Bible tells us Jesus is Mary’s first born son – which tells us there were more children.  Jesus lived in and around his family until he was 30.  His brothers and sisters were a part of His daily life.  It’s safe to believe Jesus’ childhood was like the rest, even though we know he was sinless and perfect. He never complained about dinner or chores, kept a good attitude, and never disobeyed.  Because of His realization of His divine purpose, He stayed in the Temple at the age of 12 to be about His Father’s business (Luke 2).

What would it have been like to grow up as Jesus’ younger brother?
Would having a child who never disobeyed be a blessing or cause strife among your children?
How can we nurture the strengths/divine purpose of our family members without causing jealousy?

Jesus was a blessing to His parents and others in town recognized the respect and good nature of Jesus the child, but nothing would say this child is God.  His childhood was normal enough that neighbors and friends didn’t believe Him when He started His ministry.

Mat 13: 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did, this man get all these things?”

John 7: 5 For not even his brothers believed in him.

Why wasn’t Jesus’ divine purpose obvious to relatives and neighbors?
How can we show those around us that there is a difference in those who fulfill God’s purpose?
What are some reasons His brothers and sisters rejected Him then and what are some reasons He is rejected now?

At some point Jesus becomes more than a brother, He becomes the family’s leader.  Then, when Jesus went off declaring He’s the son of God the roll of family leader would’ve fallen on James.  His brother’s rejection is more hostile than others – they say He needs to institutionalized.
Mark 3:21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”

Matt. 13:57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”

James possibly harbored resentment toward Jesus for abandoning the family and the family business.

How can resentment hold us back from seeing God’s will in someone else’s life?

After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension James and his brothers had a turning point in their lives where they saw Jesus as God and not as a brother.

Acts 1:14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

1Cor. 15:7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.

Can you imagine what this phrase meant for James? JESUS had once slept beside him, shared the same dinner table, played with his friends, and spoken to him like a brother.  They lost their dad together.  Jesus endured his unbelief, paid the debt of his sin, and then brought him to faith.  James then became extremely important in the early Christian Church by shepherding/pastoring the Jerusalem church.  And now he says I am a Servant of the Lord Jesus, this is what he wants to be known as.  Jesus said the greatest among you are those who serve -James exemplifies that right here in verse 1.

James has this attitude of complete satisfaction and contentment in God, saying I’m a servant to Jesus Christ and shows his total pleasure and joy in it. I believe the most influential people for God are those who have this same satisfaction in saying, “I’m a servant of Jesus.” And cashing it all in to live for Him

How do we view ourselves in this regard? Servant of God or child of God (brother/sister to Jesus)?
What are some characteristics of a servant?
Do we as faith family members often take each other for granted?

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