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Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters

Posted by on May 17, 2010 in discipleship | 5 comments

Lately, I’ve been thinking alot about this passage from Hebrews:

But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers… (Hebrews 2:9-11 ESV)

While there is much to consider in this passage, I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around that last statement. Jesus is not ashamed to us his brothers and sisters.

Why is it so hard for me to accept this statement? Because I’ve done so much to cause Jesus to be ashamed. It’s true. Beyond my actions, my thoughts and intentions similarly would drive away anyone. But, Jesus is not ashamed…

For all of us who are children of God, Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters.

When we struggle with sin, when we give in to temptation, when we try to do better on our own, when we sin again… Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters.

For those in organic churches, missional churches, traditional churches, megachurches, liturgical churches, free churches… Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters.

The ones who think they don’t look good enough, aren’t smart enough, are too emotional, aren’t emotional enough… Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters.

The Calvinists or Reformed, the non-Calvinists, the Aminians… Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters.

Can you begin to understand how awesome that is! Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters. Maybe, just maybe, God will bring someone across our path today… someone that we can remind that Jesus is not ashamed to call him his brother, or that Jesus is not ashamed to call her his sister.


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  1. 5-17-2010

    A very encouraging reminder!

  2. 5-17-2010

    Alan,

    Thank you for refreshing our minds about this important truth!

  3. 5-17-2010

    Praise the Lord!

  4. 5-18-2010

    Thank you Alan, I was in need of some encouragement, once again the Lord has been faithful. It is truly amazing just how much He loves us, and just how little we comprehend that great love, and the little we do comprehend , how easily we forget it. Thanks for listening to Him. Regards, John Morris.

  5. 5-21-2010

    Thank you Alan, I was in need of some encouragement, once again the Lord has been faithful. It is truly amazing just how much He loves us, and just how little we comprehend that great love, and the little we do comprehend , how easily we forget it. Thanks for listening to Him. Regards, John Morris.