In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 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. He says,
“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the assembly I will sing your praises.”
“I will put my trust in him.”
And again he says,
“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
For many of us, this should be one of the most wonderful passages in all of Scripture; check out that first paragraph…
Yes, it was quite fitting for God to make Jesus perfect through His suffering, but that isn’t the breathtaking part, at least not for me. It is the part about bringing many sons and daughters to glory. Jesus attained glory through His suffering; we attain glory through His suffering. Jesus is in glory, we are headed for glory.
The one “who makes people holy” is obviously a reference to Jesus. We who are His followers are the ones made holy, and another wow moment: Both are in the same family! Welcome to God’s family, we are the brothers and sisters of Jesus! Therefore, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Jesus Christ, as He sits on the throne at the right hand of God, ruling heaven and earth is not only King of kings and Lord of lords, but He is also our “big brother.” If you aren’t filled with awe right now, please slow down and read that again, for it is very much a reality.
The Old Testament quotes that follow are placed there to demonstrate that this is something that has been foretold in Scripture, even though people may not have comprehended it at first. Imagine how Jewish Christians in the circumstances of their time would have reacted to this. Being the brother of the Son of God, a God whose name it was unlawful to even say out loud! Amazing!
I hope that it strikes you the same way. So many of us go through our lives filled with guilt, grief and fear, not ever comprehending how precious we are in God’s sight… Brothers, in the family… relations… Not evil, wretched sinners. Thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and your acceptance of His grace, all of that is so far away, and God remembers it no more… Brother! Sister! Son! Daughter!