JESUS AND THE PAPARAZZI BROTHERS


John 7:
But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near,Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.


People who do not study the Scriptures may not know that Jesus had siblings. He had brothers and sisters, though technically we would say they are stepbrothers and stepsisters. They shared the same mother Mary, but Jesus did not come from Joseph’s seed.

Even though they grew up together, most of his family had no clue about whom he really was. They followed with interest the unusual miracles and powerful teaching that came from his lips, but they did not know that their own brother was the Messiah or that he was God Incarnate.

Jesus’ brothers wanted Him to put on a display of His miracles. Although the text does not clearly state their motivation, perhaps they made the request for two reasons: 1) they wanted to see the miracles for themselves to determine their genuineness, and 2) they may have had similar crass political motives as did the people, namely that He would become their social and political Messiah. Jerusalem’s acceptance of Him was to be the acid test for them as to whether His own family would believe in Him as Messiah.[1]

If you are struggling because your own family members reject the claims of Jesus, know that you are in the company of Jesus. They are like so many others who want miracles on demand to satisfy their curiosity or they do not accept his claims. In fact, most of Jesus’ family did not come to believe until after the Resurrection.

It is during these Chronos times that we pray and wait for their Kairos time of reckoning with God. Even if others turn away, be resolved to watch and wait with Jesus.





[1] MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV) – John 7:4

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