Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.
The perfect Lord who has provided the way of salvation for us is also our brother. He became like us in our humanity and is not ashamed to call us brothers! Your brother is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. You respect Him for who He is and for His authority on earth and in heaven, but you relate to Him as family. This is not easily achieved, but it is reality. The LORD is our brother! Who can call Jesus “brother?” Those who are under the covenant… those who are under the Lordship of Jesus… Those who are covered by the blood that He shed – those are the ones who can relate to Jesus as brother.
I admit, relating to Jesus as my brother is not as easy for me as worshipping Him as Lord. He is so awesome – God Most High – that humbling myself before Him is not difficult. It’s right! It’s appropriate! Relating to Jesus as my brother adds a significant element – a familial relationship! I can actually relate to Jesus as family (intimate, relaxed) because He is not ashamed to call me His brother. If this were not true, my worship of Him would probably become very detached from relationship. I would honor Him like I do the President – with full respect but without any relationship. I don’t have President Bush’s cell phone number! And yet Jesus has given me His. He invites me to call anytime. To be confident as I approach Him because He is not ashamed to call me His little brother. He loves me.
Thank You, Jesus, for loving me! I love you! I am amazed that You are not ashamed of me. Thank You for wanting to relate to me on this level… as family! And thank You for providing the way. You are the One who has made me holy in the Father’s sight.