Did Jesus’ stepbrothers and sisters do anything in His ministry (Mark 3:31)?

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Did Jesus’ stepbrothers and sisters do anything in His ministry (Mark 3:31)?

Post by Admin on Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:40 am

Matthew gave us a list of Jesus’ stepbrothers: Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous power?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith—Matthew 13:54-58. Certainly his brothers were no different at being offended by their famous sibling. However, two brothers (that we know of) were eventually very prominent in the first-century church’s ministry. We read from Luke that, following the resurrection and Jesus’ command to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers—Acts 1:12-14. Among those brothers were two in particular—James and Judas (Jude). According to the apostle Paul, For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born—Paul, I Corinthians 15:3-8. Obviously that was a life-changing experience for James; he wound up becoming a leader in the Jerusalem church. He gave voice to the opinion reaching in the first-ever church council (Acts 15) that Gentiles who come to Christ should not have to be burdened by the rigors of the requirements of the Mosaic Law. He also was one of the first to extend the “right hand of fellowship” to Paul following his conversion (Galatians 2:9). He later wrote the epistle that bears his name. According to the Jewish historian Josephus, he was martyred for this faith about 62 AD. Another stepbrother of Jesus, Judas, also known as Jude, wrote the epistle that bears his name.

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