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James, Jesus’s half-brother, grew up under the same roof as the Messiah, but did not initially believe in Him. As Jesus started to gain celebrity status, His family attempted to get Him out of the public eye, saying, “He is out of His mind” (Mark 3:21).
After Jesus rose again, He appeared to James, and that encounter changed James forever (1 Corinthians 15:7). From then on, James devoted his life to Jesus. James was no longer a naysayer. Instead, he became a leader of the church at Jerusalem (Galatians 2:9).
Like James, we will never do what Jesus wants until we recognize who Jesus is. Even if our encounter with Jesus goes against all we’ve ever known, when we see Him for who He really is (the Son of God and Savior of the world), our lives will be changed.
1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill Him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to Him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that Your disciples there may see the works You do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since You are doing these things, show Yourself to the world.” 5 For even His own brothers did not believe in Him.
1 Corinthians 15:1-7
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
1) When was the last time you changed your mind on an issue? What prompted the change?
2) What has most influenced your view of who Jesus is?
3) Why is it dangerous to allow our view of God to be shaped by what we’ve always heard?
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