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May 4 – Jesus, our older brother (II)

“For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” – Hebrews 2:11

Scripture reading: Hebrews 2:10-18

Yesterday, we considered that Jesus, as our older Brother, is willing and able to stand up for our help and protection. But there are more blessings to the fact that Jesus is our older Brother. It means that believers now belong to the Father’s family!

When He came down to earth, Jesus became a human being like us, to be one with sinners, in order to unite us to God. This means believers will receive the same kind of upbringing and teaching from our Father, for He always leads His children through suffering to glory! (cf. 1 Peter 1:11 & 5:10).

But more, believers also share in the same inheritance. Older brothers were supposed to take care of the inheritance. Jesus has done so! He secured eternal life by the shedding of His blood on the cross and by His resurrection from the dead (cf. Hebrews 9:14-17).

Probably, the greatest privilege of being part of God’s family through Christ, our older Brother, is the joy of being able to approach the Father, as our Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ! God, the perfectly holy, all-wise, all-mighty and all-glorious heavenly Father, has for Jesus’ sake become our Father! (cf. John 20:17, Romans 8:15-25).

Is He through faith, your elder Brother already? How precious it is to have Jesus as our Elder Brother! Then we are protected and eternally safe, whatever happens to us! When God is for us, who shall be against us? He did not even spare His own Son!

Suggestions for prayer

Praise God for the security of having Christ as our elder brother by faith! Pray that we learn to faithfully follow in Christ’s footsteps as the Father leads through suffering to glory, to make us more like Christ.

Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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