Egypt • Devotion #4: Rejection

Could you imagine what being siblings with Jesus must have been like? I am the middle child of three. I have one older brother and a younger sister. While I have a good relationship with my siblings, there was always that tension that comes with having siblings. There was always the sibling code, “If you nark on me, I nark on you.” There was always that feeling or statement, “Why do they get to do that?” There seems to be an influx of the notion of justice within the sinking dynamic. If we are all honest, for those with siblings or without, jealousy can rear its ugly head within this relationship. People who grow up resenting their siblings are hurting the prospect of a solid relationship. I can recall being jealous of my brother because he got all the “firstborn attention” and jealous of my sister because she got “baby of the family and only girl” attention. The sin of jealousy affected my relationship with my siblings while we were growing up. 

Imagine for a second; your older brother was perfect. It is not just in the adolescent, angry outbursts where you say, “You think they are perfect.” He is literally perfect. Imagine your sibling is so special that you hear stories about how wise men traveled from far lands to meet him. Imagine your older brother being smarter than every teacher. Imagine your brother being Jesus. A little Bible “Trivial Pursuit” factoid, Jesus had siblings. Mary and Joseph had children after the miraculous virgin conception of Jesus. Matthew 13:55-56 records a conversation between the Nazarene townspeople. They say, “Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” At a minimum, we can hold to the truth of the Bible and say Jesus had four brothers and at least two sisters. Could you imagine how that sibling relationship must have looked? Add to the fact that most Bible scholars say Joseph passed away at some point before Jesus’ crucifixion. 

We all have family drama in some way, but amazingly this family drama was foretold five hundred years before this family existed. Psalm 69:8 says, “I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons.” Jesus brothers fulfilled this prophecy when they told Jesus, “‘Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.’ For not even his brothers believed in him” (John 7:3-5).

While family drama is nothing new, and sibling rivalry has been around since Cain and Able, we cannot just overlook this prophecy as just “one of the little ones.” There are over 300 prophecies concerning the Messiah that Jesus Christ fulfilled. The amazing fact that Christ fulfilled them all is an astonishing truth. On the deeper aspect of this prophecy, Jesus was part of a broken home. There was death, disunity, a single parent, and poverty. I come from a broken home, and those who are a part of that club understand the difficulties of moving forward in that victorious Christ-centered living. I take so much comfort knowing that God’s plan to bring completion back to humanity started in a broken home. Jesus brought restoration and forgiveness to those who rejected Him. Jesus shows us that the work He did on the Cross is what can fix a family.

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