How Jesus Helps His Brothers and Sisters

We are blessed to be brothers and sisters of Jesus. Seven times in the Letter to the Hebrews, brothers and sisters of Jesus are mentioned.

(1) Hebrews 2.11 – For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters . . .

(2) Hebrews 2.12 – “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters . . .”

(3) Hebrews 2.17 – “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters . . .”

(4) Hebrews 3.1 – Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, partners in a heavenly calling . . .

(5) Hebrews 3.12 – Take care, brothers and sisters . . .

(6) Hebrews 10.19 – Therefore, my brothers and sisters . . .

(7) Hebrews 134.22 – I appeal to you, brothers and sisters . . .

We are brothers and sisters of Jesus and members of the family of God. We would not have this status except for the self-giving love of God through his Son Jesus.

In the three verses that conclude Hebrews 2, we learn what Jesus did to grant humans entry into the family of God.

For it is clear that he did not come to help angels but the descendants of Abraham.

Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people (Hebrews 2.16-17).

The first thing we notice is that Jesus’ ministry was not directed to angels. The descendants of Abraham from his call in Genesis 12 to the present benefit from the ministry of Jesus.

Jesus became like his brother and sisters in every respect. Philippians attempts to understand how Jesus was both fully God and fully human at the same time.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

Who, though he existed in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be grasped,

But emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
assuming human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a human,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2.5-8)

It is impossible to understand how Jesus could be both divine and human at the same time, but he was. We accept this truth by faith.

The Atoning Sacrifice

The sacrificial system enables us to understand just how far God was willing to go to make us his children.

The Tabernacle contained the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. Once a year, the high priest sprinkled blood on the gold covering of the Ark.

That act stated essential truths about humans and God.

— Sin separates humans from God, preventing a relationship between the two.

— God provided a means (the sacrificial system) to forgive sin and return humans to a relationship with him.

Jesus perfectly fulfilled what the sacrificial system pictured.

He was both the “merciful and faithful high priest” and the “sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people.”

What Jesus perfectly did for humans allows him to call us sons and daughters and live as members of God’s family.

Testing and Temptation

We are Jesus’ brothers and sisters, but we are tempted to drift away from a faithful relationship with him.

We live in an environment, where we are assaulted from every angle, and without help, we will fail.

Jesus knows our struggle and Hebrews writes:

“Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested” (Hebrews 2.18).

Rudy Ross has a good explanation of this verse in today’s YouTube video. I hope you will take a moment to listen to his thoughts.

The Philippians 2 passage quoted above explains the kind of testing Jesus faced. Isaiah 53 describes the nature of his suffering.

Jesus understands the kind of temptation or testing that humans face. He is active in the lives of his brothers and sisters through the Holy Spirit. We can count on his help.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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