writing of James is very uplifting
begins with joy and ends with singing praise. In between is a commentary on the
teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. The sermon on the mount was wisdom teaching
and James calls on us to seek, ask and live by wisdom which is from above. Like
that recorded in the Gospel by Luke, Jesus and James have a low opinion of
riches. Both describe the snares that come with seeking to be rich or clinging
is central to James's praise. Jesus was his half brother and as boys and
younger men, James did not have a high opinion of Jesus. But now after the crucifixion and resurrection
of Jesus, James calls Him the Lord of glory. But James's faith was much more
than theological, to him, to believe, was to obey and follow. Jesus did good
works, and so every one who genuinely believes in Him will do the same. James
points to the care of orphans and widows and at the end of the letter, the
faith that turns an unworthy sinner back to God.
Lord Jesus spent much time on the mountain top praying. So James exhorts – "Draw
near to God and He will draw near to you!"
NLT has a beautiful rendering of Matthew 5:3
blesses those who realise their need of Him"
restates it his way:
you bow down before the Lord, and admit your dependence on Him He will lift you
up and give you honour."
I encourage you to read this letter from James, read it right through highlighting
to links to the teachings of the Master, the Lord of Glory.
You may notice that I seldom give references – Purposely I am trying to encourage
you to read the whole letter and see these truths in context.