Keep The Faith

Jude 1~Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. (ESV) When we come to Jesus Christ, we say take my sin-soaked life, it is yours and I accept your promise of salvation, eternity, life and joy. Jude has devoted his life to serving Jesus Christ, and as a point of reference for the reader, he says I am the brother of James. Now to properly identify the author of this epistle, we must determine which Jude he was and to which James he was a brother Now the name Jude is the English form of the Greek name Judas. To help us to relate to the commonality how many of you know a Robert? Do they go by Robbie or Bobby or perhaps they harken to the laundry list of Rob, Bob Hob, or Nob. All come from Robert. 

Similarly, Judas is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Judah. One need not read long in the Bible to discover the significance of Judah or how it may be rendered into other names like Jude or Judas, it was as common as Robert is today. If we consider the disciples, twelve men were chosen and two share the same name, right? What a minute, you astute Bible readers know this is a trick question. For we have a daily double available. We have either James, the son of Zebedee or James the son of Alphaeus. Then turning to Luke 6:16~Judas son of James and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. (NIV) Yeah, that’s pretty much going to ruin that name for believers. More in a minute. So, there was either Judas Iscariot or there was Judas son of James. The first Judas is either brother or son, of James. The phrase brother of isn’t in the Greek text. Judas (Judah in Hebrew) was a name of great honor since it was the name of the tribe of the greatest king of Israel. It was also the tribe through which the Messiah came. However, because the name was forever tarnished by Iscariot, all English versions of the Bible, except the Revised Standard, use the name Jude rather than Judas. One verse sheds the most light on the author of this epistle. When Jesus amazes people in His hometown of Nazareth with His teachings, they ask Him if He is the son of the carpenter. Matthew 13:55~Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? (NIV)

Judas, the brother of James and half-brother of Jesus perfectly fits the description of the author of Jude. The fact Judas appears last in the list of Jesus’ brothers indicates he’s probably the youngest. Jude does not consider himself an apostle because he was not one of the Twelve, rather in humility he simply calls himself a servant of Jesus Christ. Understand when Christ Jesus was ministering His brothers are not part of the picture. John 7:5~For even his own brothers did not believe in him. (NIV) Was it hard for your family when you came to faith or even switched churches? This can be a struggle for many. When our family or friends reject us, stop calling or hanging out with us because of a decision we made for Jesus Christ. Don’t let go of your faith.

That is why we opened with authenticity and integrity. Be who God has created you to be and measure your life by Biblical standards. If we are living a life contrary to God’s word, then we know that we are not living a life of Biblical integrity. God creates us to man and women and He does not make mistakes. Our world is attempting to sell you that Bull, well you know what it is. Isaiah 29:16~You have everything backward! You treat the potter as a lump of clay. Does a book say to its author, “He didn’t write a word of me”? Does a meal say to the woman who cooked it, “She had nothing to do with this”? (MSG) Hear me, we were created with a plan to fulfill God’s divine design, and not our human desires, until we are aligned with Jesus Christ. It wasn’t until after Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead that His half-brother, James, became a believer. 1 Corinthians 15:7~Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, (NIV) Jude could have been with James at that time, or James may have won Jude later. We’ll have to wait for heaven to ask Jude what convinced him to accept Jesus Christ.

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