Mindful of Sons and Daughters


What does it mean that God is mindful of us? God cares about us and pursues us out of his love for us.  In fact, he treasures us so much that his Son, Jesus, died for each of us.  We are sons and daughters of God, made holy by Jesus, who calls us brothers and sisters…

6 “What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
7 You made them a little lower than the angels;
you crowned them with glory and honor
8     and put everything under their feet.”

In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10 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. 11 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.
Hebrews 2:6-11

God made us, and he remains mindful of us as his created beings.  God cares about us and pursues us out of his love for us.  We are made a little lower than the angels, and still we are the ones God entrusted the earth to – it is subject to us.  However, we subjected ourselves to sin instead of full obedience to God, which leads us to God’s intervention in Jesus.

Jesus was also made a little lower than the angels for a time. In becoming a man, Jesus took on the form of our creation to live as we live and suffer death on our behalf.  He tasted death for you and for me.  Do you think about that?  We will not taste of the death of suffering and punishment for our sins because Jesus tasted suffering for us.

We are brought by Jesus to glory as sons and daughters of God, and the pioneer of our salvation – Jesus – was made perfect through his suffering.  We are made holy through his sacrifice and he was returned to glory and holiness in his sacrifice.  Now watch this: we are family. Sons and daughters of God are made holy by the Son of God who is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.

Sometimes we get so focused on how much we fall short and how sinful we are contrasted to the holiness of God.  Remember that our holiness comes from Jesus our brother.  We are counted children of God and siblings of our Lord because of what he has done for us.  Jesus is not ashamed of us.  He treasures us because he died for each of us.

I hope you feel loved and valued by God because of Jesus.  And I hope you might consider what it means to respond to God by not being ashamed of him and his presence in your life.  We ought to celebrate that we are lifted up in love and holiness by the Lord, along with our blessed position as children of God.  Remember that God offers the right to be his children to anyone who will receive his Son, Jesus:

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
John 1:12-13

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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