Date: October 9, 2014 12:36 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Our Brother
"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." (Hebrews 2:11)
Scripture Focus: Luke 15:25-32; Hebrews 2:10-13
In the parable of the prodigal son, there is one unhappy person at the party: the older brother. He's disgusted with his brother, and he's furious with their father. Don't you realize, he says, that you're rewarding terrible behavior? He even claims that his own behavior has been perfect. Where's his reward?
Jesus, your older brother, is the only son who has always obeyed His Father. Hebrews 2:10 tells us that His perfect earthly life was completed by suffering. He lived and suffered for His brothers. We are the ones who deserve accusations for our ungrateful, proud and sinful living. But Jesus let Himself be accused. We deserve to perish for our sins. But Jesus gave Himself in our place, took the judgment, and was crucified.
Jesus, "The one who makes men holy" (vs.11), will never be ashamed of us. We are "of the same family" with Him. Yet unlike the brother in the parable, He has no animosity towards us. In fact, He invites us to a celebration: praising God with countless brothers in heaven.
Insight: The brother in the parable would have utterly refused to share his part of the inheritance. But your older brother, Jesus, freely shares with you!
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