Tune Up Time!
Verse 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
Today we start a new series and this time we will be going through a book of the Bible, taking it verse, to a couple of verses, at a time.
The book of James is a special book in that it is written by a half-brother of Jesus who came to believe in Him. We can imagine how knowing Jesus personally all of our lives would give us a unique perspective on Him and His ministry. James couldn’t have missed the fact that Jesus was more obedient to Joseph and Mary. And since it was Mary and the brothers that came to visit Jesus while He was teaching, and that Jesus made sure Mary was going to be taken care of after His death, tells us that Joseph had likely already died.
With his dad dead and his older brother, Jesus, taking up ministry instead of the family business there may have been some bad feelings developed towards Jesus early on. But somewhere along the line James had come to see Jesus for who He really was and from our key verse today we can see that once James knew who Jesus was, he didn’t hold back.
James doesn’t connect himself with Jesus through familial lines but rather through making the point that he is a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a very important clarification he is making about the deity of Jesus and we will talk about that in the coming days.
While he would have remembered Jesus as the brother that would play games with him and that caused his mom and dad so much grief that one year on the way home from Jerusalem after Passover, none of these memories were held as dear as the moment he finally knew who Jesus was. And the joy that was James when Jesus came to see him after the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:7). We can imagine that was quite a conversation! That is the man who is going to be helping us tune up our lives to the standard that Jesus set throughout His lifetime. Let’s get started!
Making It Personal
How personal is your relationship with Jesus? How important do you think it is to know Him in order to follow Him faithfully? What is a step of loyalty that you feel He wants you to take today?
Making It Personal Kids
What do you think it was like for James growing up with Jesus as his brother? What do you think it was like to be one of Jesus’ friends? Do you think of Jesus as your friend?
Father, we thank You for Your faithful servant, James, and the message Your Spirit gave him to write. Please help us take each message personal so we can be tuned to You and Your perfect ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.