While we have the names of the natural brothers of Jesus, we know nothing of the number, names, history, belief or unbelief of His sisters. When Jesus declared who His spiritual relatives were He said, “Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” It would seem, as Ellicott suggests, that the special mention of the sister implies the thought that those who bore that name had joined their brothers in the attempt to interrupt His work. Mother, sons, and daughters were offended at Him (Mark 6:4). Among His foes were those of His own household. Can it be that those privileged sisters of Jesus came to recognize in Him the Saviour of the world, and experience that in Him they had a Friend, sticking closer than a brother?
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