He calls us brothers and sisters
For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” Hebrews 2:11&12
Jesus isn’t ashamed, afraid or shy about calling us His family. In fact, this passages actually says that we are His brothers and sisters. This is an amazing revelation, not only are we brothers and sisters with all who have been born again into salvation through Jesus, we are also brothers and sisters to Jesus, personally.
Next comes the really amazing part . . . Jesus praises our Heavenly Father with us. When we come together, in church, each week and sing praise and worship to God, Jesus does too. Right along with us, in fact, He is the one that is offering our praise to our Father. He is our go between. Not only does He give our requests and prayers to God, but He also gives Him our praise, worship and thanksgiving!
Now, something I have never considered before, the passages say that Jesus is declaring God our Father’s name to us. He goes to Father on our behalf, and He brings back His response to us on God’s behalf. Through the Holy Spirit within us, we can know that God is not only hearing our praise, worship, prayers and request but we can also know that He is receiving and answering through Jesus our brother and high priest, our go between.
A simple down to earth example of this would be like a family of brothers and sisters together that want to ask their father for permission and provision for something they want to get or accomplish. They select one sibling, probably the oldest, to go to their father and represent what is in their heart to do. When the selected member of the family gets the father’s answer, he brings it back to the other children that are waiting for the response. That child is the go between and that is what Jesus does for us. He is our family mediator.
Today I want to encourage you to consider that Jesus is our brother in the family of God. As children of the most high God, Jesus represents all of us to our Father, then He represents our Father back to us. When you talk to God, consider that your brother Jesus is there interpreting for you. When you worship God, Jesus is there getting the message through in worship with you. When God gives the answer, Jesus declares it back to us through the Spirit of God inside us. Then the Spirit of God bears witness with Jesus and puts peace, love and joy in our heart so we know we have the petition we have asked.
Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 2:10-13