7773 - Brothers

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Our study in the book of Hebrews has brought us to Hebrews 2: verses 11-13. This passage is talking about Jesus and those who are privileged to be called his brothers. Listen as I read:

Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

This passage is a part of a lengthy homage and honor extended to Jesus Christ, Son of God. In this honor to Jesus is a picture of one facet of His holy and perfect character. We see Jesus willingly humbling himself once again as he acknowledges and recognizes holy people — that is all Christians, the people who have placed their faith in Him — as his brothers.

I find those words of assurance about our relationship with Jesus a bit awesome.

We remind you ladies that Galatians 3:28 clearly declares that in Christ Jesus there is no difference in male or female. We are all one in Christ Jesus. So don’t be offended if He calls us all brothers.

It seems that is a one-sided blessing. All Christians are included in this proclamation. We give up our sin and contamination, our darkness and depravity, our poverty and wretchedness, our misery and discontent. In turn we receive forgiveness and cleansing, life and light, eternal relationship and blessing, love, peace and joy, and so much more.

This is expressed in 2 Corinthians 8:9 which states: “You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that through his poverty you might become rich.”

How wonderful is the grace of God. Grace has been defined as that attribute of God which allows us to receive blessings we do not deserve.

It is difficult to image a blessing greater than the privilege of being identified as the brother of the One who is King of Kings.

This passage also acknowledges that Jesus and Christians are of the same family. That also involves the holy, Sovereign Father God. Consider 1 John (3:1) which clearly states; “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! and that is what we are!”

It is true that Scripture refers to Christians as adopted sons of God. This seems to enrich the blessings, because parents of an adopted child had the blessing of choosing the one child from among many as the one to become a member of their family.

God places no moral or physical restriction on the one He chooses to be His child. He accepts any sinner from any background who cries out in faith from the heart: “I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.” This person immediately is adopted into God’s family.

At the same time this sinner who is saved by grace is forgiven and cleansed. He becomes a new creature. God doesn’t leave him rolling in the filth of the pig pen of the world, but establishes him as a coheir with Jesus Christ within the family of God.

We recognize that Jesus is the reason this person qualifies to become a brother. He is the one who gave his life and blood as a sacrifice to make this former lost sinner eligible to be a child of God.

In this passage Jesus expresses willingness to declare God’s name to this new brother; and sing Father God’s praises in the congregation of all the family.

Here the language seems to be one of joy that Jesus trusts the Father to bless this new brother and to be identified with all the other children, which God has given Him as brothers.

Oh brother, let us praise Trinity God for His steadfast love and grace. He is so wonderful.