I love that we can gain insight into the person of Jesus by studying the perspective of those who grew up with Jesus and knew him as both skeptical unbelievers and fiery converts and actual brothers!
If you want a fresh view for your Bible reading today, Read the Book of James and Jude, and realize that these books were written by the brothers of our Lord- Look for commonalities of perspective among these two men who were both raised by the same Mother Jesus was raise by, in the same place, amid the same community.
Fact Finder: The New Testament epistle of James was written by Jesus' actual brother James, as was the epistle of Jude written by Jesus' actual brother Jude.
Fact Found Here: http://www.keyway.ca/htm2003/20030514.htm
What commonalities do Jesus brothers have in the way they address the followers of Jesus?
James 1:1This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am writing to the “twelve tribes”—Jewish believers scattered abroad.
Jude 1:1This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James.
I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.
2May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.
I find it fascinating that both of these younger brothers of Jesus refer to themselves as "a slave of Jesus Christ." (Christ - anointed one.)
Read the Book of James and Jude with the fresh perspective of, "Hey! These are the brothers of the Lord!" Try to find other commonalities that give us more insight into the person of Jesus and what they learned by growing up with him. In this way, we too can grow up with Christ!
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Hi Ange!! Greetings and good morning!! Here are my thoughts on James, a series which I plan to finish (recording in my home instead of a studio) when I can find some time (I have most of Chapter 5 to finish, before moving on to Jude). This gives my perpective on our Lord's half-brother - James;ReplyDelete
Thank you so very much Bernie! I will enjoy this deeply! Thank you for sharing it with me and any others who read this! What a blessing you are!Delete