St Jude
St Jude (Photo credit: dave_stone)

The letter of Jude is a thunderous word from a man who refers to himself in the first verse simply as, Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James. {Jude 1:1a RSV} That identifies him, for James was very well known as a leader in the early church in Jerusalem, and he was also the author of the Epistle of James which we have in our New Testament. But he was famous not only because he was in himself an outstanding man, but also because he was the brother of the Lord Jesus Christ—the physical half-brother of Jesus. He had grown up in the little town in Nazareth with Jesus himself.