The Obscure Jude

Jeff Munroe

READ : Jude 1-2

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James. (v. 1)

Ever heard a sermon on Jude? That’s sort of like asking, “Is there a meal on this flight?” It’s possible the answer is yes, but not likely. Jude’s little-known book comes at the end of a series of letters called the General Epistles, right before the mysteries of Revelation. Unlike Paul’s letters to specific churches or individuals, these seven “general” epistles were addressed to all believers.

Who was Jude? He tells us he was James’ brother. James, the well-known leader of the early church in Jerusalem, was the brother of Jesus. Matthew 13:55 lists Jesus’ brothers as James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. The obscure book of Jude was written by our Lord’s brother!

Do you wonder what that would have been like? It’s often a struggle for children to reconcile themselves to the attention and accomplishments of an older sibling. Imagine growing up with Jesus as your oldest brother! John 7:5 says Jesus’ brothers did not believe in him, but it is easy to envision what changed their minds. It had to be the resurrection. The fact that both James and Jude were early church leaders and New Testament writers is a powerful testimony to the gospel. If anyone should know the true identity of Jesus, they would.

PRAYER

Lord, we want to know you. Reveal your resurrected self to us today. Amen.