Is Jesus Our Brother?
Those who have been born again (John 3:3-5; Galatians 3:26-29) have been born into the family of God (1 John 3:1), the church of Christ. We know that Jesus is not only our King (Matthew 28:18; Revelation 19:16), but when He became human (John 1:1,14), He identified with us so that He serves as Meditator between God and mankind (1 Timothy 2:5). This remarkably shows us the love of God (John 3:16). Hebrews 2:10-12 states: "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: ‘I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You. '" Yes, Jesus is our Brother if we are in the family of God.
This does not mean, however, that we are on the same level of relationship that physical brothers are, for Jesus states in Luke 8:21, "My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it." In the same way, Jesus is also our friend, but not as human friends are, for Jesus said in John 15:14, "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you." Therefore we should never be so unscriptural, casual or disrespectful by praying "Hey brother Jesus..." as some counterfeit Christians do.
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