Who Is James?(v.1)
Can you imagine what it would be like if your brother came up to you and said he was the Son of God? Would you believe him? Probably not because we know how brothers can be! But James saw that his brother Jesus was doing mighty works, the kind of works that only Someone who is sent by God can perform. He went on the become the leader of one of the first Christian churches. His nickname was James the Just, and it was said he had knees like a camel from kneeling in prayer so often.
|a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,|
WHAT IS A BONDSERVANT?
A bondservant was a slave who could go free if they wanted, but because of their great love and loyalty to their master chose to remain a slave. This is the kind of love that James had for his half-brother and Master, Jesus Christ. He proved this love by dying for Jesus in AD 62. A group of people threw James off the roof of the temple in Jerusalem. When that didn't do the job, they finished James off by clubbing him to death.
|to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad...Greetings.|
1. Give one verse to show that James was the half-brother of Jesus.
2. What is a bondservant?
3. Who was this letter written to, and why?