Suggested further reading: Hebrews 2:10-13
When our Lord speaks of God as `My Father and my God',
he seems, as usual, to point to the close and intimate union which
he always declared to exist between himself and the first person in
the Trinity. `The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ' (1
Peter 1:3) is a kindred expression. He does not, we should observe,
say, `I ascend unto our Father', etc., but
`my Father and your Father'. He thus shows that there is a certain distinction between his
relation to the Father and ours. Believers are not naturally sons of
God; they only become so by grace, by adoption and by virtue of
union with Christ. Christ, on the contrary, is in his nature the Son of God.
How kindly and graciously our Lord speaks of his disciples!
He bids Mary Magdalene carry a message to them as `his brethren'.
It was but three days before that they had all forsaken him
shamefully and fled. Yet this merciful Master speaks as if all was
forgiven and forgotten. His first thought is to bring back the wanderers,
to bind up the wounds of their consciences, to reanimate their
courage, to restore them to their former place. This was indeed a love
that passeth knowledge. To trust deserters and to show confidence
in backsliders was a compassion which man can hardly
understand. So true is that word of David: `Like as a father pitieth his
children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our
frame; he remembereth that we are dust' (Ps. 103:13-14).
Let us leave the passage with the comfortable reflection
that Jesus Christ never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and
for ever. As he dealt with his erring disciples in the morning of
his resurrection, so will he deal with all who believe and love
him, until he comes again. When we wander out of the way, he
will bring us back. When we fall, he will raise us again.
Though for good we render ill,
He accounts us brethren still