The Brothers of Jesus

To read the Bible in a year, read John 7:1-31.
What would it have been like to have been a brother of Jesus? Well, we know that initially, they had a hard time believing that He was the Christ. In John 7, the Bible says that since the Jews sought to kill Jesus and it was not time for Him to die yet, that He stayed in Galilee (John 7:1). Then the Feast of Tabernacles arrived when Jewish males were supposed to go to Jerusalem (John 7:2). Therefore, the brothers of Jesus said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world” (vv. 3, 4). Then John commented on their words, showing their motive for saying those things, “For even His brothers did not believe in Him” (v. 5). They knew Jesus as a brother who never d id anything wrong, but that was probably as far as it went, that is, while they have seen Him as wise and so on, yet, that was a far cry from being the Messiah of the Hebrew Scriptures. He was just a carpenter to them. How could He be One whom God had sent into the world? However, God was patient with them, and eventually they turned and became followers of their brother and two of them even wrote Books of the New Testament (James and Jude).
Be patient with the people you want to see converted. Keep imitating Jesus and those people will see Him living in you. Some of them will never be converted, but some just might.

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