Thursday, May 05, 2005

Hebrews 2:5-18

Here we have an explanation as to why Jesus came to be with us. Not because the Old Testament says it would happen, bet because we are all part of the same family.

My brother James and I didn't get along very well growing up. That's a bit of an understatement since we fought quite a bit, I have no idea how my parents or extended family put up with us. In spite of that I have always loved him with every fiber of my being. When things went wrong in his life I was really distraught and wished I could help him. When things went well I was happier than I can ever express. While I may not have ever said it outright to him, I would do anything for James. Fly out on a moments notice or give support as much as I can, even if he doesn't know about it.

I know some of us may not enjoy spending time with extended family. Growing up it was a time to be joked at (I took a while to begin joking back) and bored. It was still wonderful to have people I could count on, people who I’ve grown incredibly close to over the years. They loved me regardless of what I did or how my brother and I fought. Today I still know if I need a shoulder to cry on or want someone to share in my joys, they will all be eager to listen.

This is what we're being taught right here. All families may not be perfect with some being very, very broken. But there is an ultimate family we belong to. A family where all of Gods believers belong. A family where Jesus belongs.

Jesus was made exactly like us. In every way he was like us. Jesus is that person who can hold our hand and truly understand what we're going through. He's that brother who will always help us live the best life we can, openly and behind the scenes. In the end we'll get to spend the rest of eternity sharing our stories again and again.

As you read through this passage notice the beauty of the words (they’re very poetic) and the meaning of this message... Brothers.

Peace,
+Tom

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