After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him. 2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. 4 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.” 5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him.
Do you find it interesting that the brothers of Jesus (yes, he did have natural brothers who shared Mary as their mother) did not believe that he was the Christ? Surely, you would think, growing up with a sinless brother would have given you reason to believe in him as someone special. And maybe they did think that but they did not believe that he was the Christ, the Anointed One of God.
Jesus came through Mary in human flesh but had to go to the Cross. It was important that no one try to stop that. Therefore, no one, except Mary, really believed all about Christ until after his resurrection. Suppose again that a large part of the crowd in Jerusalem had stood against the Pharisees who wanted to crucify Jesus. And suppose that they divided the mob and prevailed against the crucifixion of the Savior. Suppose that in all good intentions the Lamb was not sacrificed on the cross that day.
No, it was not sad that the brothers of Jesus did not believe in him yet, it was God’s plan. Jesus had to be crucified and there had to be a multitude that would turn against Him. Unwittingly, the mob was doing the will of God. Peter stated this in his first sermon: Acts 2:23 “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;” In fact, the unbelief of Jesus’ brothers was as necessary as the unbelief of the mob.
However, we see later that that many of the mob who crucified Christ were converted. So were some of Jesus’ brothers. James, the brother of Jesus, was killed by Herod. James had become a believer in his brother. God had and has a long term plan for the salvation of men and women. Before we give up on people, let’s let God do His work to accomplish His salvation in hearts and lives.
I do pray to see many of you in prayer tonight. We must move forward on our knees together. It is needful for us to cry out to God together united in humility and need. Join us at 7:00.
I met a man at a loading dock yesterday who was very open to speak of Christianity. A truck driver had talked to him before. It was a good opportunity to tell a man of the Savior. You never know whose seed you are watering. Keep talking to people about Jesus. This man asked me how I looked so good for my age. I told him that I lived at peace with God and with my family. That opened the door to speak of Christ and forgiveness of sin.
Have a great day in the Lord,