Philippians 2:5 (NLT)
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had…”
What is this attitude? It certainly encompasses many things, but this morning I would like you to think with me on what Jesus showed us as our brother. I have commonly thought of Jesus as the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer, Healer, Teacher, Priest, and King of Kings. But the Bible tells us Jesus is also our Brother, our Friend.
In Proverbs 18:24 it says, “a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
And Jesus said, “Now you are my friends…” (John 15:15).
And in Mark 3:35 Jesus says, “Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
Now I was fortunate to have a kind and loving older brother, who exemplified for me some of the attitudes of Christ. It makes it easier for me to imagine how Jesus is a Brother to me.
In what way is Christ our Brother? He gave up what He had. His privileges of having eternal life with God, the closeness of His fellowship with the Father and Holy Spirit. He became our servant, putting our needs in front of His own, reconciling us with love, providing us with what we lacked so we could become part of God’s family, rescuing us from our sinful wanderings, showing us another way. He gave us spiritual food and drink so our faith could deepen and grow.
He gave us an example to follow. As He was a Servant and Sacrifice for us, He showed us how to win by losing, the way of the Cross. Instead of saying, “Do what I say and not what I do,” He said, “Here is how to do it.” He not only shows us what to do (to be a living sacrifice), but also gives us the power to do it. (John 14:15-17).
And, finally He will bring us home to rule and reign with Him, (Rev 5:10; 20:4).
In a way, Jesus was the perfect Jew, demonstrating to the Gentiles what it was to love and worship God, and in bringing them into God’s family. In a way, Jesus was the ideal eldest brother of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15), who after obeying his Father in everything, then goes to the wandering brother, bringing him back to the feast.
What humility, what sacrifice, what love He has shown us in calling us, and demonstrating to us, brotherhood! I am overwhelmed!
Jesus, I praise you for the example of true humility and love that you are. Impress on me today how you would have me live and treat others.
By: Jim Andreson