“Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.”
So I got totally rocked by this passage of scripture today.
In this section, the writer is trying to explain to his audience an important question, “Why did Jesus have to be come human?” He answers this later by saying that Jesus became human so that he could become our high priest. As one who offers sacrifice and intercedes for us, he could identify with our weaknesses.
That’s great and all, but he highlights another very important point in vv11-13. The writer’s point is that, Jesus became human so that he could call human beings his family.
Isn’t that crazy?
He became a human so that he could me his brother! God was looking for a family, but you can only be family if you’re… the same species. I don’t call a cat, or a goose, or a mountain my family, they’re totally different. Such was the case with God because he was different from us.
But then… the incarnation!
We beheld God and said, “Hey, you’re just like me!” And based on this passage, I would reckon God’s answer: “Yup, and now I call you my family.”
Sweet deal! Jesus is my brother!