The Perfect Brother

Here’s the section from the New Testament book of Hebrews we’ll be looking at Sunday morning.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 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. (Hebrews 2:9-11)

I’m not a very good brother. I’ve never been. I’m quick to speak, slow to listen and highly opinionated. I’m also selfish—not to mention the oldest of 4. (2 younger sisters and 1 brother)

My wife of 9 years is also the oldest in her family. Only she’s the oldest of 5 (3 younger sisters and 1 brother). She’s a better sister than I am a brother, but as any of you who have siblings already know, that doesn’t mean she’s perfect.

Not one of us is. Even if you occasionally refer to your brother(s)/sister(s) as the “best anyone could ask for,” you know they’re not perfect either. And from an earthly perspective, we’re okay with that. But why?

Isn’t it because an imperfect family cannot demand perfection from us? If your father, mother, brother(s) or sister(s) actually were perfect, wouldn’t that place a whole lot of pressure on you?

This Sunday at Living Shepherd, we’re going to dig into the awesome fact that God not only wants you and me in his perfect family, he’s even gone so far as to remove all the pressure that comes along with being a member of his perfect family! I hope to see you there!

Lord’s blessings on your weekend!

Pastor Z.