Jesus Calls us Brethren In the Presence of God (Hebrews 2:11-13)
"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" (Hebrews 2:11-13)
Have you ever played matchmaker for a friend? You know, setting up the introductions for people who might hit it off? You talk about and describe one friend to another until the time they met to see for themselves if they are compatible? Jesus is kind of like that. As believers, He has introduced God the Father to us and in the same way; He stands before God and calls us brothers and sisters, what an amazing thing!
Jesus is the one who has made us holy by cleansing us with His blood. And we who are sanctified belong to the same family of God. In fact Jesus identifies us as His brethren in the presence of God, the angels, and in the heavenly realm. He is not ashamed to call us family. Hebrews 12 tells us that He looked forward to the cross with joy because He knew the outcome was our reconciliation and relationship to God (Hebrews 12:2). He did everything possible to make the first introductions.
In the same way, Jesus came to earth to show mankind the Father in a way we hadn't understood Him before. The first chapter of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the exact representation of God (Hebrews 1:3). He is the perfect imprint of God. He shows us God's full nature and character. He came to straighten out our idea of who God is and introduce Him personally to us so that we can know Him in an intimate relational way.
Jesusis the one who played matchmaker for us. Paul said in Ephesians, "God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6-7). God had Jesus make the introductions so that He could pour His love on us throughout all eternity. This is why Jesus stepped into humanity, to bring us to the Father so He could express His love to us.
When I think about being in the same family as Jesus I am overcome with gratitude. It has nothing to do with who I am, but rather everything to do with who Jesus is. He is not ashamed to call us brothers in the presence of God and He willingly reveals the Father’s love to us every day of our lives. What a wonderful Savior!
Tomorrow we look at Hebrews 2:14-15: Jesus Shared in Humanity to Destroy the Power of Death