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HEBREWS 2 (NKJV)
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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.
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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

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THE WORD SANCTIFIED MEANS: to be set apart – set apart AWAY FROM sin and set apart TO GOD.

I like verse 11 in the Amplified Bible:

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For both He Who sanctifies [making men holy] and those who are sanctified all have one [Father]. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren;


MY THOUGHTS:
1. I was struck by the fact that sometimes I have a hard time really believing that the One Who created all things and for Whom all things are made – the Lord Jesus—is not ashamed to be called my brother.
2. Think about CHRIST – mas. He, Christ, is the One Whom Christmas is all about. He is the One “by Whom all things are made” and “form Whom are all things.” He is Jesus, God the Son and the Perfect Man – fully man and fully God. He has two distinct natures, not mixed. As God, He is able to save us. As Man, He is able to represent us.
3. Jesus underwent every possible suffering, and more, than any human has gone through, for He has taken on Himself the sins, agonies, sicknesses, and wickedness of all mankind.
a. He Himself is holy, and His decision as fully Man to yield to the Father in everything proved Him to be pure. He Himself is SET APART from sin and totally SET APART FOR THE FATHER.
b. Because He had no sin, He was able to take on OUR sin, IN OUR PLACE.
4. As such, He can bring us to the Father. In fact, He and He alone can do it. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life— no one can come to the Father except by Me.” (John 14:6).

5. THIS IS WHAT AMAZES ME: Jesus is not ashamed to be called my brother. If you are a woman or a man, Jesus is your best Friend, best Sibling, best Savior, and best Lord.

May we be blessed with the EXPERIENCE of that this season.

Vance

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