Hebrews 2:11 For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12 saying,
“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”
13 And again,
“I will put my trust in him.”
“Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”
Holiness or sanctification is God’s plan for his people. His desire is that all will be like him and reflect his holy love to the world. We are sanctified through participation with Jesus Christ. As a result both we and Jesus have the same Father and Jesus is not ashamed of this fact! Jesus came to this earth so that we come become his brothers and sisters. He is willing to claim us and let the whole world know that we are his!
I’m guessing that we have all been around that friend or family member that likes to do things that we all find a bit embarrassing. There’s that moment when you want to turn your head and pretend like you really don’t know them or you don’t want people to know that they are with you!
Just imagine what it’s like for Jesus when he looks at our behaviors. There have got to be times when he wants to turn his head and pretend as if he doesn’t know us! He must be ashamed by the way in which we carry on the family name “Christian” for all the world to see.
And yet we are told that he is not ashamed. Just as a parent continues to love their child through all the crazy antics of life, so Jesus, our brother continues loving us. He is not ashamed to call us his siblings. That is an overwhelming thought when we consider how unworthy we are to be a part of his family.
We are privileged to be invited into the family of God. We are made holy by our holy older brother who is not ashamed of us — no matter what! That is holy love.
May we take the time to simply soak in the thought of his holy and overwhelming love for us. We are very blessed children!
Lord, thank you for loving me even when I am unlovely. Amen.
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