Ever heard that? Ever said it? ‘I told you so!’
Things Jesus didn’t say!
“Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” (Matthew 28 v 9-10)
Jesus didn’t call the disciples ‘failures’ or ‘deserters’ though that is what they had done.
We are flawed but we are ‘brothers and sisters’ of Jesus.
Today across the world Christmas services will be held. People will be attending that perhaps don’t usually go to church. The prayer for today will be that they will meet Jesus, they will hear Jesus, they will worship Jesus, they will obey Jesus and they will be brought into the family of Jesus. No matter who they are or what they have done … brothers … sisters.
“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 v 11)
Jesus who knows everything about us is not ashamed to call us brother or sister.
“Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35).
So I’m not going to chastise you or shame you. I will reiterate the angelic message to obey. Here is your commission, ‘Go’ and in doing so you will go as my sibling.