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Jude Thaddeus & His Role: The Brother Of Jesus

Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Jude, the brother of James and Jesus. We’ll explore the New Testament references, consider his role, and reflect on the moral lessons we can draw from his life. Jude, also known as Judas Thaddeus, is one of the lesser-known figures among Jesus’ disciples. His name appears in the Gospels, but his story remains somewhat enigmatic. Let’s piece together what we know:

Scriptural References:

In Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55, the people of Nazareth refer to Jesus as the “son of Mary” and mention His brothers: James, Joses, Judas (Jude), and Simon. These brothers are traditionally believed to be Jesus’ siblings, but there’s an ongoing debate about whether they were biological brothers or close relatives. Some scholars argue that the term “brother” could refer to cousins or step-siblings, given the cultural context.

The Epistle of Jude:

Authorship: The author of the Book of Jude identifies himself as Jude, which is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Judah. He specifically refers to himself as the “brother of James” in the opening verse (Jude 1:1).

Epistle of Jude is a short letter found in the New Testament. The opening verse reads: “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James” (Jude 1:1). This connection to James, who is widely accepted as Jesus’ brother, reinforces Jude’s familial relationship with Jesus.

Jude’s Role: Jude’s role within the Twelve Apostles is less prominent than that of Peter, John, or even his brother James. He is sometimes referred to as “Jude of James,” emphasizing his connection to his brother James.

Importance of the Book of Jude: Jude’s letter is short but urgent. He condemns false teachers and emphasizes the need to remove them from the church. The book contains vivid biblical imagery, including references to Cain and the sinful people of Sodom and Gomorrah. You can find the Book of Jude in the New Testament, right before the Book of Revelation.

Family Background: Jude was one of Jesus’ four brothers mentioned in the gospel accounts (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3).

Moral Reflections: Jude’s life teaches us several important lessons:

  1. Loyalty: Despite not being one of the most famous disciples, Jude remained steadfast in his commitment to Jesus.
  2. Humility: Jude didn’t boast about his familial connection to Jesus; instead, he identified himself as a servant of Christ.
  3. Quiet Strength: Sometimes, it’s those who work behind the scenes who make a lasting impact. Jude’s faithfulness mattered.
  4. Meditative Thought: As we ponder Jude’s journey, let’s consider the power of ordinary lives touched by extraordinary grace. Our faithfulness, even in the shadows, matters to God.

  Reflective Questions:

  1. How do we balance humility with our desire to make a difference?
  2. Are there areas in our lives where quiet faithfulness can lead to significant outcomes?
  3. What does it mean to be a true servant of Christ?

May Jude’s legacy inspire us to live faithfully even when our roles seem small bearing in mind that “no one’s life is small” we are all here for a reason, a purpose and no matter our role, in God’s eyes it is significant and adds to His overall plan!

“Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for the example of Jude, the faithful brother of James and Jesus. May we learn from his quiet strength and unwavering loyalty. Help us embrace humility and serve You wholeheartedly, in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. There is always much to glean even from those characters in the Bible that appear briefly and of whom we know very little. Thank you Camille.

    • Thank you Jennifer- Yes I like really delving into the “lesser known” individuals in the Bible, because there is always a message there for all of us.
      God Bless you

  2. wonderful cd

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