But HE’s My Brother

The following passage is from the Book of James (1:21) “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”

James was the younger brother of JESUS. It is reported that he didn’t accept the true identity of his brother until the crucifixion. It was the most basic example of sibling rivalry. His gospel takes us through his life as he dealt with the jealousy and resentment of his perfect brother. I’ve wondered if JESUS ever had the measles or a head cold. I wonder if HE was just as perfect as a child as HE was as a man. The account of HIS response to his seeking parents that time he was missing on a return trip home sounds pretty disobedient, but HE was being obedient to HIS FATHER, so go figure. HIS first miracle was at a wedding feast when the host ran out of wine. What HE did with jugs of water would shock anybody and bring a rush of jealousy from his brother. It must have been difficult to live in the same house with a GOD-MAN. No wonder James writes so directly to the sins of the flesh. Once the ‘word’ was planted in him, he spent the remainder of his life serving in the name of his brother. In a way, he was his brother’s keeper, donchaknow. As JESUS was dying on that cross, HE addressed HIS brother with “Take care of her”.  I would think that Mary was the most protected lady in town. From the pen of James, we have the plan for a good life. All it takes is all the help the HOLY SPIRIT can provide. That’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.   AMEN

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