Summary: An examination of the relationship between Jesus and his brothers as viewed by John 7.
One of the little known facts about Jesus Christ that is in couched within the Holy Writ is the subject of his relationship with his family. We know much about his interaction, concern and care of his mother, Mary. We know a little about the social intervention between him and his earthen father or step father Joseph. However, the focus of this text and the focus of this discourse is on his brothers.
Mary and Joseph produced other children after the birth of Jesus Christ. She was a virgin at her conception. She never knew the touch of a man. She was a virgin during her 40 weeks of gestation. She was a virgin during her hours of travail and delivery. And she remained a virgin until after the days of purification and would later consummate her marriage with Joseph and produced several children – both male and female.
The historical narrative of the scriptures skips the details of the Master’s childhood. We know not of his place of education. We know not of his friends that we went to school with. We know not of the daily tasks that he underwent. We know not of the relationships he developed with other children and young people. However, we do know that he was surrounded by an ever-growing family.
Jesus’ family was not a perfect family. It began with a sour note. For his mother was pregnant without the benefit of a husband or a health care plan. His father was wrestling with the idea of abandoning his pregnant betrothed before the wedding nuptials would take place. He would live under a roof of a man who was not his natural father. His younger brothers and sisters would be complete DNA matches with each other. However, there could not be a complete DNA match because in his veins ran the blood of his mother and the blood of his father, Jehovah.
His family was related to royalty but not benefactors of royalty. His earthen father, Joseph, had the position of a carpenter – one who has to repair soldier’s shoes and every day workers sandals. A carpenter, who spent most of his working day bent over the cobbler’s bench. He was not a rich man; however, he provided a lifestyle that suggests that Mary, Jesus and the siblings were adequately provided for. There are no signs of an intervention by a social worker to their home. There are no signs of police interaction. It was a home that barely made ends meet, but ends were met.
Perhaps a lot can be learned just in this introduction. Many of us in here are living in a generation of halves and steps. Little brother is a half brother and big sister is a step sister. Blended together by the union of mom and that man or dad and that woman. You may not look like your brother or talk like your sister. Your father may be tall and you may be short. Or you may be tall and your mother short. You may be living in a home with both mother and father or maybe your plight is that you live in a single parent household with only your mother or father there.
It’s easy to allow social situations and circumstances in our lives defeat us even before we get started. According to statistics with divorce increasing and social traumas increasing – with incest in the home and drug use at an all time high. You can easily get discouraged and find yourself trapped in a cycle.