Heavenly Father, we call you “Father” because you have brought us into our family in your grace. Speak to us now, and assure us of your perfect, unending love for us. Amen.
Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
Families are a funny thing. As kids grow up, they don’t always want to be seen with their parents or siblings. When the kids are younger (and sometimes when they’re older), parents don’t want to their kids to embarrass them. Parents sometimes say to their kids, “Don’t embarrass me.” And kids say it to their parents.
Sometimes, when a family member has fallen into some sort of sin, other family members might disown them or kick them out of the family. Sin separates family members from each other. That’s what our sin does between us and God. Sin separates us from God. Sin is that big a deal.
This is where Jesus enters the scene. Our sin should separate us from God forever, but when we confess our sins to Jesus, he is not ashamed of us. He’s not embarrassed of us. We’re members of the same family.
No matter what our sin, no matter what our struggle, he’s not embarrassed. And he always forgives. He is the one who makes people holy. Jesus completely erases your sin. No matter what your secret, no matter what your sin, Jesus is the one who came from a line of secret sinners to save sinners from their secrets.
When Jesus came to this earth long ago in Bethlehem, he stepped to your side. He became your brother and took on your sin. He became your brother and took away your sin. And he will stay brother to stay by your side throughout all of your life. He is not and will be ashamed of you no matter how you struggle or sin. He came to earth to bear your sin. He stays by your side to continue to forgive your sin. He is not ashamed to call you his brother or sister.
Additional Reading: Matthew 12:46-50
1. Hebrews says, “Jesus is not ashamed to call [you] brothers and sisters.” How does it make you feel that Jesus is your big brother?
2. What does it mean that we are part of the family of God?
Don’t forget: Identify, Intercede, Invest, Invite.
1. What is it that makes us family to Jesus?
2. How can we grow more deeply in our relationship with Jesus?
Gracious Father, we do not deserve to be part of your family. You should be embarrassed of us and kick us out of your family. But you have made us your own through the merits of our Brother, Jesus. And for his sake, we know we belong to you now and forever. Help us to honor our family name in all we say and do. Amen.