Apparently, Jesus’ own family – the very people who should know better than anyone else that he was born of the virgin Mary, lived a life without sin, was the Messiah, etc. – did not believe him to be the son of God. Moreover, they thought he was crazy. Here are two verses that made me tilt my head in confusion when reading the gospels last summer:
Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3:20-21)
(after Jesus’ brothers told him to leave Galilee and go to Judea)…For even his own brothers did not believe in him.” (John 7:5)
How can any Christian think they know better than the family of Jesus – the people closest to him and the people with whom he spent his life?