The Lord of Glory: a brother’s testimony
Dear Patients & Friends:
Some 2,000 plus years ago God sent his son that we might have life, according to the testimony of his own brother. The sibling who grew up with, played, worked, ate and slept with Jesus, humbly opens his letter: “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion, greeting.[James 1:1]” James “the just” also referred to his brother as, “…our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.… [James 2:1]”
According to the Roman historian Josephus [Josephus Antiquities of the Jews Book 20, Chapter9,1], this brother, whom Christ appeared to after his resurrection, was brought before the High Priest Ananus (son of the former high priest by the same name) perhaps 30 years after Jesus’ death: “…so he assembled the Sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned.”
So let me get this straight, this brother was willing to live as an outsider and die for providing testimony about his brother being sent from God? Like his brother he told the truth, and was condemned as a lawbreaker for it. This was the same truth spoken of by Luke the apostle and physician:
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou has 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]
This season of light and hope, let us do no less. Let us remember to provide our own testimony regarding what Christ has done for us, most importantly—as James’ epistle so ambitiously articulates—by faith manifest by our actions more so than by our words. As scripture says, may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.