Romans 8:29 says, “For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
Take a minute and really read the verse above. Let it sink in for a second.
This is such a simple yet profound concept. It struck me right in the heart as I was reading my Bible plan today. You see, I am the oldest of three sisters. I have felt the sting of losing a sibling way too early in life. And my baby sister just had her first child yet I couldn’t be there. We live many states apart and the distance makes it difficult to be actively involved in each other’s lives. Both the loss and the separation are extremely hard for me to deal with some days.
Can you imagine how hard these things are for our big brother, Jesus? He has to deal with loss and separation ALL THE TIME.
Those that turn away from Him because of the harshness of this world.
Those that reject the free gift of family He offers and choose to do life on their own.
Loss. Separation. My whole perception of family changes when I think of it like that.
I have always cheered my sisters on. I have always tried to lead them down good paths. That’s what big sisters do. Don’t we all want someone rooting for us? Don’t we all need an example to follow?
But I have failed many times in my efforts to love them well. I have fought with them over hair dryers and clothes. I have chosen my own comfort over their well being. I have made bad choices that they saw and sometimes chose as well. I am, at most, a flawed big sister who has always wanted the best for my siblings but didn’t always get it right.
The amazing thing is: Jesus doesn’t mess up. He is the best big brother a kid could have. He fights for us not against us. He sacrificed physically, mentally, and spiritually so that we could live a life of freedom. He only chooses what’s in our best interest. He never leads us down a trail of mistakes or mishaps.
He is all we could ever want in a big brother. And more.
For those of you who have felt loss and separation in your families- Jesus truly understands. He hurts with you.
For those of you who have never had an older sibling to watch out for you and lead you well- He can be that for you. Jesus is the most overprotective brother you could have.
For those of you who are the oldest in your tribe and have had to carry extra responsibility- Jesus wants to take that burden off your shoulders and carry it for you. He has super strength!
He’s holding up a big foam finger right now and screaming, “You’re number 1! You’re number 1!” Can you see Him?
Ask Him to make the heartwarming truth of His brotherly love real to you today.