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. – Hebrews 2:11
Children sometimes act up in public. Perhaps you have experienced it. I was at a restaurant recently when children act out. Children begin to cry and complain and draw all sorts of attention to themselves. As the noise increases, parents get a look on their faces that cries out, “I don’t want to be here.” I wonder when they will take their child out of the restaurant so the others can eat in silence.
There are times we can imagine that God would have the same look on his face as the parent whose child is acting out. After all, we tend to act like children. We gripe and complain when our selfish hearts do not get what they want. When things don’t go our way, we cry, “No fair!” We jump around in the puddles of sin until we are covered with guilt. And when God calls us to account for all the filthy sinfulness that we splashed all over us, we really don’t have much to say.
But Jesus, “the one who makes men holy,” steps in on our behalf. He washed our dirty hearts with his precious blood. He robed us in his holiness, and God declared us to be free of sin’s guilt.
The amazing result is that Jesus doesn’t get that look on his face that says, “I don’t want to be here.” Instead, he loved us so much to wash us clean of sin’s stain and is now not ashamed to call us his very own!
Prayer: Dearest Jesus, I praise you for the sacrifice you made to wash away my sins and free me from their guilt. Help me to live more obediently according to your holy will to show my great thanks for making me a member of God’s holy family by faith. Amen.