Me: So, James, welcome to the studio! I’m such a huge fan of your work. Your book is really one of my favorites in the entire Bible; I call it “Following Jesus For Dummies.”
James (laughing): Well, thank you, Church Girl. It’s my joy to be here! That book was really inspired by my older half-brother. Jesus didn’t just talk about faith; he really lived it.
Me: That doesn’t surprise me! Jesus is that kinda Savior.
You know, a lot of us feel like we grew up in the shadow of older siblings like they were the FAVORITE and the one that Mom thought was SO perfect. But, James, you really DID grow up with the perfect Son of God. What was that like for you, your brother, Jude, and your other brothers and sisters?
James: When I was younger, it was pretty cool. Whenever we got hurt, he healed us. He always won every game, though, because he knew what we were thinking. That wasn’t as fun. When we were being rebellious teenagers, he was always home on time, always obedient. Mom never corrected him, but he never needed it.
We got frustrated with all the talk of him being the Messiah. Jude and I had a lot of conversations about false teachers and wondered about Jesus and what he taught his followers before we both believed. At a certain point when he started his public ministry, people kept asking us questions. We even went to try to see him but he wouldn’t come out. Our hearts were so hard back then; we didn’t know any better.
Me: Wow. I can’t imagine that. I guess that would be tough without understanding and the Holy Spirit.
So, what happened to change things for you personally, James?
James: It was after his trial and crucifixion. I’m not sure how Mom made it through such a horrific experience and the drama. He was dead and then he was alive. Honestly, I didn’t believe it; I didn’t know what to think… until he visited me. Then it all became clear.
Me: What happened after that?
James: Well, it changed my entire life! I began leading the early Christians, keeping all the tenets of Mosaic Law, too. I followed Jesus, now my Savior, and became a pillar of the church. Both my brother, Jude, and I wrote some well-known letters. And you know what, Church Girl? That church has lasted for a few thousand years.
Me: Wow, what a legacy! No matter how the world tries to keep Jesus out, he endures, and his truth lives on, huh?
James: To the end of times, Church Girl. Til the end of time.