Jesus’ Brothers

Frustration. Discouragement. Sadness. Anger. Bitterness. Resentment. These feelings and many more come up when we pray for a loved one to either come to salvation or return to God and they don’t move. The harder their heart gets, the more these feelings come up.

I was reading the crucifixion of Jesus. At the foot of the cross were his mother and his aunt. That’s it. No brothers. No sisters. They lived with Him for thirty years and never came to faith.

In fact, John 7:2-9 tells of an incident where His brothers taunt Him. They lived with Him for thirty years and they TAUNT Him.

The Son of God was not able to “convert” His own brothers while He was alive. We are not responsible for the conversion of our family members. We are to witness, instruct, live by example, pray persistently, but we cannot make them choose Jesus. Even Jesus couldn’t do that.

Don’t lose heart. Read Acts 1:14. The disciples joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, AND WITH HIS BROTHERS.

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