Daily Moments with Jesus – April 14, 2020

From: Karen Blanchard

 

Some of you know that I grew up in a family of 5, and that I am the youngest of 3 children.  My oldest brother is 5 years ahead of me and had much of the responsibility of caring for me after school because both of my parents worked.  As the youngest and only girl, there were many times that I felt teased and manipulated so that he could control my actions and have a sense of control over the situation.  Unfortunately, it left me feeling hurt, alone, and incredibly sad – longing for an older brother who would take care of me and protect me.  This affected me so much that when I found out I was pregnant for the first time, I PRAYED for a girl, thinking that a girl knew better how to care for a younger sibling.  I was nearly crushed when, at 6 months in the pregnancy, I was told by a doctor that I would be having a boy.  So, the day before Amelia, my second child, started Kindergarten, I sat both Justin and Amelia down and told them both that they had a responsibility to care for each other.  No one would love and protect their brother or sister like they could, and it was their job to look out for each other.  I am happy to say that they both took this to heart and grew up as strong friends that treated each other with respect and support.

 

I have been reading through Hebrews for my devotions.  This whole story came flooding back to me as I read in Hebrews 2 where it talks about Jesus, who shares the same Father with us, is our brother.

 

“For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying:

          I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters;
I will sing hymns to you in the congregation.

Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through his death he might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it is clear that he does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham’s offspring. Therefore, he had to be like his brothers and sisters in every way, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in matters pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For since he himself has suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.”

 

Jesus is the older brother I had longed for.  He is the one standing up for us and protecting us.  He has made a way to defeat death itself on our behalf, becoming human in every way, and then dying in our place on a cross.  We don’t need to fear anymore because our big brother, Jesus, has got our back.

 

As the staff focuses on celebrations this week, I loved the reminder that we always have a brother, a Savior, and Lord who has our best interest at heart.  He knows the struggles and pains we face because He faced them himself!  As a result, we are not left to handle things on our own.  We have a brother and savior who willingly took on that responsibility on Himself.  So, if you are struggling with the unknown, if you fear financial insecurity, if you are searching for your identity, or are sick or alone, you can be assured that your brother, Jesus, has your back.  He proved it by what He did on the cross for you and for me!