My devotional book made two good points I hadn't considered before, regarding the fact that Jesus' brothers did not believe in Him.
Those of us who wonder if our family members would put their faith in Christ if only we were a better witness, if only we had the words to convince them, if only we were all-around better Christians, can find consolation as we look into the unbelief in Jesus' own family. Evidently having a perfect witness in the household doesn't guarantee that our loved ones will see and embrace Christ.
But we can also find hope as we consider the rest of the story. While it must have seemed unlikely that Jesus' brothers would ever become his disciples, after his resurrection, they did! In Jesus' own family we find hope for our own as we see that long-term resistance to Christ can give way to a glad embrace of him as Savior.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Samuel 14:1-52, John 7:31-53, Psalm 109:1-31, Proverbs 15:5-7
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