Thursday, January 30, 2014

Was Jesus an "Only Child"?

The Bible teaches that Mary and Joseph had other children besides Jesus. Note the following passages:
“While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” (Matt. 12:46-47). 
When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” (Matthew 13:53-56)

These two passages and others teach that Jesus had brothers and sisters. One would not be wrong in saying that they were His “half-siblings”, since Joseph was not His real father (God was), but nevertheless, these passages show that Jesus was not an only child.

By Cliff Sabroe 
Quotes from NASB95