Can you imagine having Jesus as your older brother? On the
good side, he never got angry with you, forgave your mistakes,
and seemed to know everything! On the other hand, he was
amazingly good, excellent in school beyond the knowledge of the
teachers, rarely, if ever, made Mom mad, and generally set an
impossible standard for those following. James must have loved
and resented his older brother, feeling both admiration and
We, too, have Jesus as our "older brother" when we are adopted
into his family. How do you feel about him?
Jesus' goodness always creates strong positive and negative
reactions in people. Have you observed this?
Does excellence and goodness and wisdom in others inspire you?
Or do these things make you envious?