Day 24: Not Ashamed
“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” (Hebrews 2:11).
Yesterday we looked at the first half of this verse and noted that the reason for this process of holiness we are undergoing is so we can be in union with God—what an amazing privilege and wonder! The oneness we have with God comes through Christ and is possible only because He first became incarnated in our human flesh, and, second, died to cleanse us from our sins. This humanity of Jesus and His saving work make those being sanctified of one family with Him. It gives us the status of children of God, and thereby the siblings of the Son of God.
The word from which we get brothers has the meaning of coming from the same source or womb. This is not merely about our shared humanity, because, as MacArthur points out, Jesus did not call His disciples brothers until after the cross. While His humanity is essential to our union, our true brotherhood with Christ is because He has made us holy through the cross, and continues to make us holy through His Spirit. There are many other humans on this planet who cannot claim this relationship of brotherhood, because while they are born of the same flesh, they are not born of the Spirit, and have not been made holy.
It’s both thrilling and intimidating to have Jesus as our brother. It’s thrilling because it means that, because of what He has done for us we are, indeed, now the children of God, joint heirs with Christ, and invited into the inner circle of union with God through Christ for all eternity. And it is intimidating because we are also aware of how little we deserve it—not at all. And while He may not be ashamed to call us His siblings, it doesn’t stop the enemy of our souls from trying to keep us focused on our shame, instead of focused on the finished work of grace, mercy and forgiveness which has been given us in Christ. The reason He is not ashamed to call us His brothers is because He has removed all the reasons for shame and guilt—He has taken our scarlet stains and washed us pure as snow—there is now no condemnation for those in Him!
• How do you feel when you consider the fact that you are a sibling of Jesus? Is that something you can fathom with any substance?
• How does your brotherhood with Christ affect how you view or treat your spiritual siblings here on earth or your attitudes toward them?
• Has there ever been a time when you’ve felt ashamed to claim your brotherhood with Jesus? What have you done to confront that in yourself?
Lord, there are so many reasons I can think of for why You’d be ashamed to
claim any relationship to me. It only makes me more amazed at You that, in Your
humility and grace, You embrace me, and call me Your sibling. When the enemy assails me with doubts of Your love, and shame at my sin, help me to stand on Your truth and have confidence in what You have done.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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