Jesus said in Mark 3:35: “For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.” Imagine, Jesus, who is deity on equal footing with God as the Word of God and His son, cares enough for those of us who strive to do the will of God to consider us His closest relatives and part of His immediate family. This is not to encourage us to revere Him less, but to encourage us to love Him as a brother and not just an unseen deity.
Jesus touches our hearts in many ways, such as the way He often had compassion on those around Him and the love He had for others. This serves as an example to us that we may care for others and seek what is best for others, especially those who are our brothers and sisters in Him (Galatians 6:10).
As our brother, Jesus is certainly our older and wiser brother that we look up to and seek out for guidance in all that we do in our lives. That He would love us enough to consider us members of His family and thus our relationship is the closest known to human beings, save perhaps husband and wife.We should remember also that the Church is considered the bride of Christ with Him as it’s head.
So, we should be certain that we are as close to Him in feeling and in love as we can possibly be to another being in this world. He gives us every reason to love Him, not least is the fact that without Him we would be lost and without hope in the world (Ephesians 2:11-13). In many ways we are to be closer than a brother to Him and God, but should always remember and be honored that we are a part of the family of God.
Jesus is so humble and so loving that, after all that He is doing and has done for us, He sees fit to call us family. He wishes to reach out to every human being and pull them up from the dust and dirt of a miserable existence that can only be had without God in our lives. He wishes for everyone to someday in heaven share in His glory (Colossians 3:4; 1 Peter 5:4).
Let’s be careful that we to not fall into the trap of taking our brother, Jesus and our Father, God for granted as if we are so close to them that we forget to revere them as deity. Jesus is both man and God, but I think that He is much more to be revered than just an ordinary human being. Just because He sees fit to call us brother and God considers us His children, we must not act (as many children do to their parents) in a deferential or off hand way, not respecting who God and His son are.
Even James, who was Jesus’ half brother in the flesh, begins His letter with the following: “James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” We must always remember that we are servants of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ, despite the fact that they love us enough and care for us tenderly as we would our own family on this earth.And a close family should the family of God be, because the scriptures teach us how to love and without God and our Savior, there is no such thing as love.
May God bless and keep you until next time.