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It’s What You Do For Those You Love

Yesterday was our town’s fall festival and High School Carnival. My boys wanted to go as the Aquabats, and since they needed a 5th member of the band, I said “sure.” Well, that’s what I told everyone. I got some funny looks driving and walking down the street, and I’m not sure, but some cars went down other roads when I was walking in my costume. Parents and kids looked at me funny as I walked around with the boys as they trunk or treated. But I wore the costume my wife made, dressed as the fifth member of the band my kids wanted to dress as (I was Crash McLarson, who had a more epic beard than I do), and this morning I was reflecting on it. In my quiet time, thinking about this morning’s reading, and reflecting on yesterday, how my kids will (hopefully) remember I dressed up with them this year, an Idea kind of popped in to my head “It’s what you do for those you love.” I wondered about that, and then it hit me.

I’m currently reading through the Gospel of Mark. And the Gospels paint a big picture of God’s love for us, don’t they? God wore human skin, and walked around dressed as one of us, living and dying and rising again for us, didn’t he? God clothed Himself in human flesh, was tested and tempted in every way and did not sin, and WAS one of us. He did it because He loves us and wanted to redeem and restore us to the Image He made us to be. So I’m going to look at the pictures of me in that silly costume that I wore for my wife and kids’ sakes (and yes, for my sake too, the Aquabats have silly costumes), and I’m going to think of what Jesus did for me. Jesus dressed up like me and lived for me and died for me, and is alive again so I could be alive in him, all so I could be like Him. That thought humbles me greatly.

Hebrews 2

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere,

“What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying,

“I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”

And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again,

“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

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