Our Brother In Heaven

June 6, 2014

Building Faith

 

We Have A Brother In Heaven

We Have A Brother In Heaven

There was no grand convention of righteous people who looked up to the heavens and demanded God to rescue His creation. There is nothing humans accomplished that obligated God to give us His Son. The Bible is clear. Even while we were still sinners, God sent His Son.

But the Bible is also clear that He had to do it. In striking terms, the writer of the book of Hebrews tells of God’s obligation to send His Son.

  • It was fitting (Hebrews 2:10).
  • It had to be done (Hebrews 2:17). 

God was obligated.

He was obligated by His own nature of love (1 John 4:8).

He was obligated by His own eternal plan that is mentioned in Ephesians 1:4.

For God’s plan to work, Jesus had to become human.

I want to highlight a necessary result of that plan: Jesus became our brother (Hebrews 2:11-13).

Our Brother Is God On His Throne

I recommend you take some time and try to wrap your head around the idea that your Older Brother is literally King of the Universe. How does that make you feel about God? How does it relate to your confidence in life?

After you think about that for a while, consider the other side of that coin. Jesus is our “Older Brother” only because He chose to become one of us. We had no right to claim Him as our own, but Jesus became flesh and blood so that we can call Him “Brother”.

God Experienced Humanity

Those who go to war together consider themselves siblings because the common experience binds them together. It’s the same in sports and other activities. Those bonds are real, and lasting. They mean something.

Jesus has a bond with us. He’s one of us — better (certainly) —but still one of us.

He understands us. He knows how we work, what makes us tick. Not only did He design us and create us, He lived like us and became us.

So when Jesus said, “I have come that [you] may have life” (John 10:10), you better believe He knows what He is talking about. He lived in poverty. He lived in one of the most corrupt and overbearing governments that has ever existed. He lived and died having faced every temptation we ourselves face. And this Man changed the world.

Let’s put that in perspective a bit. How much of the world have you changed because of your own might or wisdom? Few people could ever be said to have changed the world. None approach what Jesus has done.

It amazes the brightest of us. Jesus lived in obscurity, having no wealth, no might, no power, none of the things we normally think are necessary for an influential life. There was nothing about His circumstances that should have made Him influential. But this Man made more of an impact upon this planet than all the armies of the world combined.

Do you think He might have “figured some things out” about life?

Listen to Him.

About Jason Sparks

I am passionate about spreading the Gospel. God has blessed me with a wife and two children. I have been preaching full time since graduating Brown Trail School of Preaching in June, 1999 and also have an MA from University of Phoenix.

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