How to Answer Protestants Forum: Brother and Sisters of Jesus
Brother and Sisters of Jesus QUESTION from William Pickering on April 9, 2002 This is what a protestant fiends said proves that Jesus had brothers and sisters. What cannot be questioned is the intent of Psalm 69:8
I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother's sons
Psalm 69 is clearly defined as a messianic psalm telling of Christ. Verse 8 tells of the of his own mother.
Can you please help with this Psalm 69:8?
ANSWER by Mr. Troy Martz on July 2, 2002 Dear Mr. Pickering:
Though this is indeed one of the greatest Psalms foretelling much about the Messiah, I would warn your protestant friends not to take only the most literal meaning when reading prophetic portions of Scripture. For example the verse you cite (verse 9 in my Bible) is followed shortly by a mention in verse 12 of wearing sackcloth. Nowhere in the Gospels do we hear of Jesus wearing sackcloth -- by their definition would your friends disqualify Jesus based on verse 12.
More importantly, we can find a clear discussion of the other children of the mother of the Messiah. Read Revelations 12. In John's vision the Woman gives birth to a Son who is destined to shepherd the nations with an iron rod. This Son can only be Jesus since that Davidic title is ultimately fulfilled in the true Son of David who is the King of kings. Since Jesus is the Son, Mary is the Woman. We read in verse 17 who are her other children:
Enraged at her escape, the dragon went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep God's commandments and give witness to Jesus. Rev. 12:17a
To be completely Scriptural, your protestant friends must either acknowledge Mary as their Mother or deny the witness of Jesus. What cannot be questioned is the intent of Revelation 12:17 -- to be a witness of Jesus is to be a child of Mary.
I remain a humble brother of Jesus Christ and son of His Mother Mary. May all generations (especially this one) call Her Blessed (Luke 1:48).
Christ's Peace, Troy
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