Jesus, My Brother!

 

Introduction: Jesus is the most incredible man that ever lived! All power in heaven and earth was given to Him but he was not corrupted by that power. He could have had anything He wanted at any time, but all He wanted was to please His Father and to save the men he had created from the death they brought upon themselves by their sins. However, there were rules that had to be met before He could save mankind. The rules are the rules that God Himself had established. You and I in His situation might simply have declared, “I made the rules and thus I can break the rules.” God is not like that. God is honest, trustworthy, stable, and true to His pronouncements. In other words He has Integrity! Let’s look at what it means to be “a Son of God” and thus a brother of, “The Son of God.” We will also look at the rules and conditions that had to be met in order for Jesus to redeem us, that is, to save us from ourselves. As we go through this study the tremendous love and grace God has given to us will be seen as simply overwhelming. Consider the following scriptures.

 

(Gen 6:1-4 NIV)  When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, {2} the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. {3} Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years." {4} The Nephilim were on the earth in those days--and also afterward--when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

 

(Heb 1:5 NIV)  For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father “? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"?

 

(Psa 2:7 NIV)  I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father.

 

(Mal 1:6 NIV)  "A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?" says the LORD Almighty. "It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name. "But you ask, 'How have we shown contempt for your name?'

 

(Deu 1:30-31 NIV)  The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, {31} and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place."

 

(Deu 8:5 NIV)  Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.

 

(Hosea 1:10 NIV)  "Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'

 

 (Jer 3:19-20 NIV)  "I myself said, "'How gladly would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.' I thought you would call me 'Father' and not turn away from following me. {20} But like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you have been unfaithful to me, O house of Israel," declares the LORD.

 

(Gal 3:26 NIV)  You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,

 

(John 20:17 NIV)  Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"

 

(Heb 2:5-18 NIV)  It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. {6} But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? {7} You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor {8} and put everything under his feet." In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. {9} 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. {10} 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. {11} 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. {12} He says, "I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises." {13} And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again he says, "Here am I, and the children God has given me." {14} Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil-- {15} and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. {16} For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants. {17} For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. {18} Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

 

The Kinsman Redeemer (Lev 25:47-49 NIV)  "'If an alien or a temporary resident among you becomes rich and one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells himself to the alien living among you or to a member of the alien's clan, {48} he retains the right of redemption after he has sold himself. One of his relatives may redeem him: {49} An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in his clan may redeem him. Or if he prospers, he may redeem himself.

 

An Old testament Example (Ruth 4:1-11 NIV)  Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat there. When the kinsman-redeemer he had mentioned came along, Boaz said, "Come over here, my friend, and sit down." So he went over and sat down. {2} Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, "Sit here," and they did so. {3} Then he said to the kinsman-redeemer, "Naomi, who has come back from Moab, is selling the piece of land that belonged to our brother Elimelech. {4} I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line." "I will redeem it," he said. {5} Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the land from Naomi and from Ruth the Moabitess, you acquire the dead man's widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property." {6} At this, the kinsman-redeemer said, "Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it." {7} (Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.) {8} So the kinsman-redeemer said to Boaz, "Buy it yourself." And he removed his sandal. {9} Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, "Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion and Mahlon. {10} I have also acquired Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon's widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from the town records. Today you are witnesses!" {11} Then the elders and all those at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.

 

Some conclusions to be drawn

(Rom 3:21-26 NIV)  But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. {22} This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, {23} for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, {24} and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. {25} God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished-- {26} he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

(Rom 6:23 NIV)  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 (Eph 1:7 NIV)  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

(Heb 9:22 NIV)  In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

(Heb 8:1-3 NIV)  The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, {2} and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man. {3} Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.

(Heb 9:27-28 NIV)  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, {28} so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Finally, Jesus is indeed our Brother. And of necessity had to be to qualify as our redeemer. However, He is much, much more as well. King of Kings. Lord of Lords. The Living Word, Lamb of God, Redeemer, Savior.

(John 20:24-28 NIV)  Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. {25} So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." {26} A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" {27} Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." {28} Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

 

(John 17:5 NIV)  And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

 

(John 17:24 NIV)  "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

 

(John 1:1-4 NIV)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. {2} He was with God in the beginning. {3} Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. {4} In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

 

(John 1:14 NIV)  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Jesus gave up His place of glory to become a man and die for us that we might live with Him eternally! To do this He had to be a perfect sacrifice as well as our kinsman. Thus, it is completely marvelous and even astounding that He calls us “Brother” which then made our redemption possible.

 

(1 Cor 6:3 NIV)  Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!

 

(Heb 2:9 NIV)  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.