Jesus’ ‘brothers’ (I know what you are thinking, reason why I started with that. Awesome to start at shock and finish with awe!) said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles!
You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!”
For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.
Who exactly are these? Joseph’s children from his first marriage? Jesus’ relatives as in ‘cousin’s’ I have to admit that it is hard to figure out. This comes up yet other times; The Gospel of Mark 6:3 and the Gospel of Matthew 13:55-56 state that James, Joses (or Joseph), Judas, and Simon were the brothers of Jesus, The same verses also mention unnamed sisters of Jesus.
Being of direct African decent we called ‘cousins’ as we called siblings. I will give an example ‘Older male’ relative is àgbà arakunrin. If you switch that to ‘younger’ you get ‘aburo’. The simplest form is Sister/Brother which can be described as Egbon or Aburo. The specifics are not stated. But the most significant that settles this is siblings (if there were any) would have been there at the cross or with Mary. Before Jesus breathed His last, He committed the care of His Mother to John.
Then said He to the disciple, Behold your Mother! And from that hour that disciple took Her to his own home.
Again, should the ‘siblings’ who obviously knew of the signs and wonders not have been at the cross? Yet they were missing which draws a simple line across them being related in any way.
For me it draws a HUGE line under the virgin Mary. Born for a purpose and fulfilling that purpose. I have to point out that she was given a choice; we read-
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Not only was the birth of Jesus announced as Mary submitted to the will of God. But the birth of John the Baptist was foretold. We will get to that, but Mary went to wait on Elizabeth-John the baptist’ mother. Which we read about. As we have shared it is all connected! When we open our hearts, it all falls in place, Alleluia!