Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 13: Jesus, Our Brother

Day 13: Jesus, Our Brother

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11

I have two brothers. One I have known all of my life. The other I met for the first time almost a year ago. What makes us brothers and sister is our father. We have the same father and share his DNA.
Jesus is our brother because we have been adopted into God’s family when we accept Christ as our Savior. Jesus is the only begotten Son and by his sacrifice on the cross he became the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Through Christ we are God’s children. We’re kin folk.We have the same father. We are brothers and sisters. We are members of God’s family. We are joint heirs with Christ.

Big brothers protect. Big brothers are someone to look up to, follow and emulate. Big brothers can tell you about the father because he knew him before you did. Sometimes a big brother will take the heat for you when you’ve messed up.
Jesus is the best big brother. He is a brother and a friend. He is someone who will protect you. You can look up to him and follow him. He knows the father because he is one with him. He intercedes on our behalf when we mess up. He gave his life and shed his blood so we can be part of the family.

Reflection and Response

I praise Jesus for being a brother who…

I thank him for…

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”  Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 12:46-50

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:29

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:14-17

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