For not even his brothers believed in him.
You’d think that living in the same home with Jesus would guarantee that you would absolutely know that He was the Son of God. How could you not know? He never did anything wrong and was literally the perfect son. He never misbehaved, also did what Mary and Joseph asked Him to do and probably even did more, like taking out the garbage without being asked and cleaning up everyone else’s rooms in addition to His own.
The truth is, Jesus’ perfection at home was probably very annoying to his siblings. After all, how excited would you be to have a perfect brother who never got anything wrong. You’d probably be hearing forever things like, “Why can’t you be more like Jesus.” I really don’t think that Mary and Joseph said things like that to their kids, but they didn’t have to. Every time James, Jude and the others messed up, they’d get in trouble and think, “Oh sure, I’m not perfect like Jesus over there.”
So when Jesus grew up and started His ministry, it was hard for His brothers to immediately believe that He was the Son of God. In today’s scripture, they were testing Him to go ahead and make himself public. “If you’re really all that great,” they were saying, “go ahead and show the world.” While His brothers didn’t believe, other people would only go as far as saying that Jesus was “a good man,” while some said that He was leading people in the wrong direction.
Do things really look much different today? I’ve known people who have grown up in Christian homes, who have been taught all about Jesus for years, who today don’t have full faith in Christ. I know people who think that Jesus is really cool, but who won’t go as far as to say that He’s the Son of God and the Savior of the world. And of course, I know a lot of people who think the teachings of Christianity are completely wrong.
We know what those people believe, but the question really is, where do you stand? If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve been taught a lot about Jesus. But do you really believe it? Do you think Jesus is just good, but maybe not a Savior? Do you think all of what Christians talk about is nonsense? Or are you willing to put your full faith in Christ and trust Him completely with the direction of your life?
If you’re a believer in Christ, this week, pray every day to get even closer to Him. And if you haven’t yet been willing to confess that Jesus is Lord, there’s no better time to do that than right now. Read Steps to Peace with God to learn more about how you can place your faith in Him.
Reflection copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt.
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