The Mystery of Discipleship

#24 Jesus’ True Family Revealed

Posted: Friday, March 31st, 2017
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About The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.

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JUDE, A servant of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and brother of James (Mark 6:3)
JAMES, A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 6:8)

Jude and James were Jesus’ half brothers. They eventually came to see Him as Messiah and bow to His Lordship. They had abandoned their family ties to Him and didn’t bother to mention it in their epistles. That natural bond had no eternal meaning. Their relationship to Him was on the basis of being His servant—that is, to serve Him in God’s will. Now they were Christ’s TRUE FAMILY.

Note from the Amplified Bible: James presided at the Jerusalem council (Acts 15) where the church leaders reached an agreement for the basis of Christian fellowship.

James was a leader in the first century church, but not because of his being the natural brother of Jesus. He came into Christ the same way all others did: receiving Him as Savior within. And he came to live as a servant of his Messiah within God’s will. This was the criterion for his leadership.

Jude’s writing is an amazing discernment of the nature of false teachers and ways of the wicked. He could only have written this by the Spirit out of a life of severe personal purity from the deepest repentance.

Jesus’ family was blessed by His stance of loyalty to God first and His disciples next. Christ had a right view that pain which issues from selfish control that opposes God is illegitimate and unpitiable. So any pain His family felt because of their rebellion received no sympathy from the Lord.

But the greatest mystery of this is how did Christ pray for His family so that they came to God? I suppose we will have to learn that in our own lives from the Lord Himself…

Other Devotionals in The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Mystery of Discipleship #91 Whose Love Do You Love? #90 The Disciples Were Following Love #89 Seeing the Father #88 From the Eyes of Your Heart #87 To See the Lord #86 Fellowship with the Son #85 Spiritual Ears that Hear God #84 The Disciple's Spiritual Purity #83 Mixture Is Wanting Something for ME #82 For Love of the World #81 The Conscience of the World #80 Salt, the Unseen Spark #79 Salt of the Earth #78 The Heart's Possessions #77 Priests and Disciples #76 Faith and Surrender Were the Victory #75 Soldier of Christ Jesus #74 We Will Be Sifted Like Wheat #73 Jesus' Prayer in Warfare #72 Victory in the Vessel #71 The Cost of the Conflict #70 God's Consecrated People #69 Where Jesus is Lord, People are Church #68 The Presence of the Lord #67 An Abode for God #66 A Holy Temple #65 Church is Christ #64 The Boss: Jesus Christ, the Head #63 Supreme Head of the Church #62 Ministry to the Church #61 Disciples are Builders #60 Enemies of the Cross #59 Raised by the Power of Resurrection #58 The Disciple and the Kingdom #57 The Cross and the Nature of Man #56 The End of Effort #55 A Terrifyingly Beautiful Process #54 The Cost of Building and Battling #53 The Cost of the Call #52 Crucified to the World #51 You Boast About What You Love #50 The Cross: Abandon Self for HIM #49 The Cross and the Will #48 The Cross Began in Gethsemane #47 The Cross is the Zeal of God #46 The Power of God #45 The Cross is Love #44 The Cross is a Divide #43 The Brilliance of the Word #42 Love Alone Embraces the Cross #41 Repentance and Transformation #40 Love in Exact Proportion to Repentance #39 Passion for Christ #38 Our Gracious and Brilliant Lord #37 To Love the Lord with Undying Love #36 The Last and Largest Love #35 Do You Love Me? #34 The Sword of Love #33 Discipleship is Abandon #32 Christ Is My Home #31 A Healthy Hatred for My Soul-Life #30 Your Heritage from Family #29 The Heavenly Father Is the Source #28 Belonging to God and His Family #27 One Family in Christ Jesus #26 Spirit of Counsel and Knowledge #25 A Cross Experience for the Disciple
#24 Jesus' True Family Revealed (Currently Viewing)
#23 The One Criterion for Family #22 Enemies in the House #21 Christ's Dominion Isn't Cruel to Family #20 Spiritual Understanding is Responsibility #19 Belonging to God, a Right of Ownership #18 When We Come to Christ as a Disciple #17 The Major Condition of Discipleship #16 The IF of Discipleship #15 How a Believer Becomes a Disciple #14 Utter Dependence – Blind, Poor, Lame and Needy #13 What Is God's View of Disciples? #12 Guests of the Marriage Supper #11 The Difference Between Disciples and Believers #10 Possessions, Position, and People #9 When the Invitees Make Excuses #8 Marriage of the Lamb #7 The Desire for Reward #6 The Truly Hungry Follow Jesus #5 Discipleship Requires a Transformation of Thinking #4 Honor in the Lowest Place #3 Discipleship Is an Offer #2 The Model and Order for a Disciple #1 A Disciple Can Make Disciples