Not Ashamed

Chewing on the last nine verses of Hebrews 2 this morning. Almost too much to take in. Multiple meals here.

I could feast on a God, “for whom and by whom all things exist.” Or savor His gracious determination to bring prodigal men and women “to glory” as His forever sons and daughters.

Or I could taste and know afresh the Lord is good as I consider the Author of such a great deliverance–the Founder of my salvation, who was made “perfect through suffering.” Sharing in flesh and blood in order to redeem the children of flesh and blood. Enduring death that “He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.” Made like us “in every respect” so that, as a merciful and faithful High Priest in the service of God, He might “make propitiation for the sins of the people.” Not only offering the once for all sacrifice, but Himself becoming that once for all sacrifice–bearing the wrath and punishment due my sin so that I wouldn’t have to.

What an awesome God! What an amazing Deliverer! More than can be really taken in. More than can be fully digested.

But here’s the morsel that keeps being worked over, again and again, in my head and in my heart this morning. He is not ashamed.

For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one origin. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers.

(Hebrews 2:11 ESV)

Not ashamed.

Not embarrassed to utter in a loud voice, “Here are my brothers.” Not dishonored to cry aloud, “These are my sisters!” Not ashamed.

And that, not because of who we are or how well we perform. But because He who sets apart as holy, and those who have been set apart as holy, all have a common origin.

He being in very nature God. We having been created in the image of God.

We having been made flesh and blood from the dust of the earth through the creating power of the Maker of all things. He entering our world, fully embodying flesh and blood, so that He might redeem a sin-marred, death-enslaved creation, and re-birth a new creation for the glory of the Maker.

Both of one origin. All of One. Having the same Father. Of the same family. Therefore He is not ashamed.

Oh, to really believe that. That despite my increasing awareness of my weakness, He is not ashamed. Even through my frustrating failure, He still cries aloud, “My kin!”

To believe and rest in the reality that the love of God does, in fact, transcend the fickleness of His children. That the blood of Christ truly is able to cleanse from ALL sin. That our righteousness, far from being dependent on our performance, really is by faith alone. That our sanctification, while dependent on our holy determination and persevering cooperation, is, in actuality, His work alone.

So much so, that when it comes to declaring to the heavenlies, “Hey, these are My people!” . . . He is not ashamed.

Overwhelming thought.

These words penned by Charles Wesley and sung at a graveside service last Friday come to mind . . .

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain–
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be?
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me
Amazing love! How can it be?
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free so infinite His grace.
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O, my God, it found out me
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O, my God, it found out me

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night.
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light.
My chains fell off; my heart was free!
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off; my heart was free!
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine.
Alive in Him, my living Head;
And clothed in righteousness divine.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ my own
Bold I approach th’eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ my own

Such abounding grace.

To Him be all the glory.

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