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James: The Brother of Jesus (10 of 18)
Series: Getting Acquainted With People of the New Testament
1. James the Antagonist
a) The Request of James and His Brothers
b) The Rejection of James and His Brothers
2. James the Apostle
a) The Resurrected Christ
b) The Ruling Christ
3. James the Author
a) How Careless He Was to What Happened
b) How Changed He Was by What Happened
It is always a special moment for parents when their children are born. I often tried to imagine what it was like for Joseph and Mary when Jesus was born. Luke describes that hour, "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the end" (Luke 2:7).
For Joseph and Mary, the birth of their first son was a miraculous birth. It was a birth that stepped out of the natural into the supernatural. It was by no means an ordinary birth. We read in Luke 1:26-27, "And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary." The miracle of this birth was that it was a virgin birth.
It was not only a miraculous birth, but also a momentous birth. The angel said to Mary, "Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end" (Luke 1:30-33). Their first son was not an ordinary Son. He was the "Son of the highest." He was the Son of God.
I draw your attention to the fact that Luke speaks of the Lord Jesus as Mary's "firstborn son" (Luke 2:7). Being the "firstborn" implies that Joseph and Mary h ...
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