OUR OLDER BROTHER

Lately, we have been convincing our youngest son, four year old Marco, to give up drinking from his baby bottle. It is quite a struggle.

This morning, my son Franco came up to me and said, “Papang, can you allow Marco to keep using his baby bottle? I am sad for him. I hope you can allow him to use it maybe until he’s ten years old.”

My heart melted.

Here is the older brother interceding for his younger sibling. Hugging Franco tightly in my arms, I whispered, “Because you asked, I will.” (Perhaps one more month, I thought. Definitely not until he’s ten.)

Jesus, our older brother, does the same thing for all of us.

Before His Heavenly Father, he comes on our behalf.

“Father, Bobby blew it again today. He can never control his temper. Please forgive him.”

“Father, Bobby’s mind is filled with negative thoughts. Have mercy on him.”

“Father, Bobby can’t seem to hold his tongue. Mercy, Father.”

 

Jesus, the first-born of all creation, the elder brother, melts the heart of the Father in heaven.

In the Bible it says:

“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

Today, I encourage you. Come to Jesus. Ask. Beg. Plead. Confidently.

He loves you and He will stand in the breach for you.

For your marriage.

For your health.

For your bills.

For your ministry.

He is your loving older brother. Aren’t you glad you have one?

 

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