(James Smith, “Our Father and Comforter”)
“For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven — is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:50
Every relation in which Jesus stands to His people, is precious. But there are some peculiarly so, especially under certain peculiar circumstances. He is not only our Savior — but our brother. Possessing our nature, being part of the same family, He watches over us with a brother’s eye, and loves us with a brother’s love.
Jesus is the “brother born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17. He takes the deepest interest in all our affairs, and watches over us to do us good. We may go to Him in all our troubles — and open our hearts to Him without the least reserve. We cannot go to one who loves us more — or one who is more able or willing to help us! He laid down his life for us, thereby proving the intensity of His love to us. He is gone into heaven, there to appear in the presence of God for us.
My tried Christian friend . . .
the eye of Jesus is upon you in your trial;
the ear of Jesus is open, to listen to your cries;
the heart of Jesus is affected with your griefs and woes; and
the tongue of Jesus is employed to intercede with His Father for you!
Sweet thought! We have a brother in heaven! A brother who knows all that we suffer, and who will . . .
frustrate the designs of our foes,
sanctify our troubles and trials to us, and
eventually make all things work together for our good!
His strong arm will defend us,
His merciful hand will supply us, and
His tender heart will ever sympathize with us!
He will guide us through life and death by His counsel, and afterwards receive, us to glory! Let us, therefore . . .
go to Him in every trouble,
plead with Him to supply our needs,
trust Him in every dark and dreary hour,
and expect Him to show a brother’s love!
“Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” Hebrews 2:11