Matthew 13, verses 53-58 tell of the lack of faith Jesus encountered when he went back to his hometown. They saw him as “just” Jesus.
“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all of these things?”
I’m taking this as yet another sign that something may be wrong with my brain, but the reference to brothers and sisters caused me to pause. Can you imagine what that would have been like? I mean, did Jesus ever throw a temper tantrum because he was served peas with dinner and he detested peas? I think not. Jesus was without sin, so he wouldn’t have lied, he would have always respected his parents and he certainly wouldn’t have stayed out late with friends getting into mischief.
Then my mind drifted to what life must’ve been like for His siblings. Were they jealous because they could never be as good as Jesus? Or did it not bother them because they knew Jesus was God’s son? Did the siblings ever argue with Jesus?
Then my mind wandered further. (Oh, a wandering mine is a dangerous thing…when it’s my mind, that is.) I imagined current day sibling situations as they would have been experienced by Jesus’ siblings.
Jesus’ sibling walks down the street when someone calls out, “Hey, isn’t that Jesus’ brother (sister)? What’s his (her) name again?”
<sibling to parents:> “You guys like Jesus better! You act like he’s perfect or something.” <stomps out of room>
“How come three wise men didn’t bring gifts when I was born?”
<Mary to sibling:> “It’s so nice how you helped old Mrs. Yamin draw water from the well. Did you hear how Jesus fed thousands with one loaf of bread?”
“Mom,” (drawn out into three syllables) “Jesus is turning water into wine again!”
Yes, being Jesus’ brother or sister would have been tough. If you have a sibling, be thankful that he/she is just as imperfect as you are 😉 I know I am!