Jesus is many things to us, Lord, Savior, Creator, Healer, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, and so on. But I want to talk today about a relationship He has with you that you probably haven’t really considered much – Jesus is your Big Brother!
I was Big Brother in the Young household because I was the oldest Young among the kids. Sometimes younger brothers learn things from their older brothers and try to imitate them. In my case, that wasn’t always a good thing. But Jesus is our Older Brother whom we should imitate.
Most of the church world completely overlooks our “brother” relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus set an example that we should follow in His steps (1 Peter 2:21). He said that the works He did we would do also, and greater works (John 14:12). Romans 8:29 says that God predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son. In other words, we’re supposed to act just like Jesus would act. As people like to ask, “What would Jesus do?” Answer: Jesus would lay hands on the sick and see them recover, cast demons out of people, prophesy, minister by the power of the Holy Spirit, preach good news to mankind, and more. People should look at us and consider us to be His brothers who take after their Big Brother. After all, what was the point of being destined to be in His image, according to Romans 8:29? Let’s finish the verse: “That He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Hebrews 2:11-12: “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, saying, “I will declare Your name to My brethen; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”
Hebrews 2:17-18: “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those are tempted.”
Jesus is not ashamed to call you His brother. Do you really believe that, or do you think that you’re really a second-class citizen in the Kingdom of God, that you’re only a servant of God and not a relative?
When you receive Jesus, God becomes your Father. This is not automatic for everyone – culture likes to say that we’re all children of God, but we aren’t. You BECOME a child of God when you receive Jesus. That means you weren’t one before. Jesus told the Pharisees they were children of the devil. I BECAME a man. In other words, I wasn’t always one, but now I am one. I wasn’t born a full-grown man. John 1:12-13 says, “But as many as received Him [reader, have you received Him or do you just know certain facts about Him?] to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Well, if God is your Father, and God is the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:14), who does that make you? If you and Jesus have the same Father, doesn’t that make you brothers? Of course it does.
Certainly, we relate to Jesus as Lord and Savior, but you can also relate to Him as your Brother. Most of us don’t think we can get that personal with the Lord, but you can, and you should! Jesus wants to have that Big Brother relationship with you! He’s one Big Brother who won’t beat up his little brothers (like I used to do). He’s older than you are and knows a lot more than you do, and He’s always willing to help His “kid brothers” any way that He can. Do you try to “act religious” around your natural siblings? Well, quit trying to “act religious” with Jesus and start enjoying His company! You become like those you hang around with, so hang around Jesus and you’ll become more like Him. The world should think, “Those Christians do just what Jesus would do in person!”