Jesus and His Family by James R. Coggins

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, His earthly family, His mother and brothers, did not accept Him as the Messiah. At one point, they even thought He was insane and tried to take Him into care (Mark 3:21). But this does not mean that Jesus’ family were enemies of Jesus in the end.

After all, after Jesus’ death, Mary found refuge in the home of John the Apostle (John 19:26-27). Why she did so rather than living with her other sons is not known. After the resurrection, Jesus apparently appeared to His brother James (1 Corinthians 15:7), and James became a leader of the early Christian church (Acts 15:13) and wrote one book of the New Testament. His other brother Jude might also have become a follower (Jude 1:1), and it is said His brothers (Acts 1:14) were part of the early church, although that need not imply that all of the brothers became believers.

Therefore, it is not known when Mary and Jesus’ brothers came to believe in Jesus. Perhaps it was after the resurrection when Jesus appeared to James (but apparently not to Mary). Perhaps it was when Mary heard John’s account of the resurrection. Perhaps it was earlier. We just don’t know.

God has no grandchildren. Being related to Jesus or to other Christians is no guarantee that one will be a follower of Jesus. But it is no barrier to following Jesus either. 

About jrcoggins

James R. Coggins is a professional writer and editor based in British Columbia, Canada. He wrote his first novel in high school, but, fortunately for his later reputation as a writer, it was never published. He briefly served as a Christian magazine editor (for just over 20 years). He has written everything from scholarly and encyclopedia articles to jokes in Reader’s Digest (the jokes paid better). His six and a half published books include four John Smyth murder mysteries and one other, stand-alone novel. In his spare time, he operates Mill Lake Books, a small publishing imprint. His website is
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2 Responses to Jesus and His Family by James R. Coggins

  1. leorizo says:

    Finally a Christian that speaks truth. That is why it is very important to pray for our children.

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  2. Like the Apostle Paul, Jesus’ brothers (especially James) serve as a hostile witness to the validity of the Gospel. That’s an important testimony.

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