23rd September 2016

Christ, Our Brother 

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
Hebrews 2:10-11 (NIVUK)
 

In a world of mainly bad news there was a good story this week. It was about how triathlete Alistair Brownlee helped his brother, Jonny, over the finishing line of a race in Mexico. Alistair put the interests of his brother first, and arguably gave up his own chance of winning.

There is a lesson in this for all of us. How far would we go to help someone else?

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is our brother who helps all of us out. The writer of the book of Hebrews discusses this in the verse above. We are all adopted as God’s children through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and it is Jesus who helps us get past, figuratively speaking, the finishing line of life. We might stumble and fall, we might get weary with exhaustion and feel that we can’t go on, but Jesus comes to our assistance. Jesus reaches down and picks us up and carries us to victory.

Let’s be inspired to put others first, even before our own interests, as we witnessed in the story of the Brownlee brothers.

Also, let’s remember Jesus is there for us. He is our older brother, ready to intervene and help us when we need it most.

Prayer
Father, thank you that we can be inspired by the example of others, and help us not to put our own selfish interests first in our actions. Thank you for our brother, Jesus, who brings us to victory. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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