What would it take for your brother to convince you that he was God?
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Dave: One skeptic gave reasons to reject Jesus’ divinity. A major point was Jesus’ failure to recruit anyone from his own family.
Jeff: Well, it’s true that at one point Jesus’ family thought he was crazy.
Dave: Mark 3:21 tells us, “When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.'”
Jeff: Buuuuuuut – it didn’t stay that way.
Dave: The book of James was written by someone, pretty important…
Jeff: I’ll say! It was written by Jesus’ brother. One whole book in the Bible was written by a family member of his.
Dave: James says he is, quote, “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1).
Jeff: Think about what it would take to convince you that your brother or sister was God.
Dave: Uhhh… it would take a lot.
Jeff: No kidding! And it took a lot for James. He initially didn’t believe, but after Jesus’ death and resurrection, he appeared to James (1 Corinthians 15:7) – and that made all the difference for James.