But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters, and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.
(John 7:2-5 NLT)
One would think that at least Jesus’ brothers would believe in Him, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible says that one time, when Jesus’ family heard about what He was doing, they thought He was crazy and went to get Him under control (Mark 3:21). So Jesus said that His followers should also expect opposition from the closest people to them who don’t believe in Him: “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. ‘I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!’” (Matthew 10:34-36). If Jesus faced opposition from family members and didn’t let it get in the way of His relationship with God and ministry, we can do the same.
Christians are bound to face opposition from within.