“God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into salvation. So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.”
- Hebrews 2:10-11
When we think of Jesus, we justifiably raise Him high as our beacon of hope, as our light, and as the holy Son of God who has sacrificed for us. This passage, though, reminds us that because we are also children of God, Jesus also treated us as His brothers and sisters. He was humble and He placed Himself with us as our brother. Like a big brother, He is our role model, our supporter, our protector. He is not afraid to steer us to the right direction and He is there to rescue us in times of need. And because he was one of us, He also understood our pain and our journey as a human being.
This is affirmed later in the chapter within the passage:
"We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested."
- Hebrews 2:16-18.
In the effort to understand us, Jesus had suffered tremendously to be our greatest advocate, and the greatest act of familial, brother love.
Reflection: How does Jesus referring to us as His brothers and sisters change the way you think about the relationship you have with Christ? How is Jesus the perfect leader?
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