Honor and Infamy

1 Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James … (Jude).

This “Jude” here is one and the same as the “Judas” in Matthew 13:55—“Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?” He is none other than the “brother of James” and Jesus Christ Himself. Before Judas Iscariot became infamous through his betrayal of the Son of God, the name Judas carried with it great honor and tradition. Indeed, the name means “he shall be praised,” for it pointed to none other than Judah, the fourth son of Jacob. 

One can only wonder how many other boys and men who bore this name, upon becoming “a bond-servant of Jesus Christ” and learning the infamous story of Judas Iscariot, decided to introduce themselves from then on as Jude instead of Judas. One might even venture to wonder if a decline in the use of this name Judas has taken place even among the Jews themselves.

Lord, help us This Day to live our lives in such an honorable way that babies indeed might be named for us. Amen.