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Follow Today's reading: Jeremiah 3-4; John 11
CLOSER THAN A BROTHER
Today’s readings are Jeremiah 3 – 4 and John 11. We are reading from the New Living Translation.
Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.” (Jn 11:16 NLT)
Thomas was full of good intentions and bold declarations of loyalty – “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.” He said. But Thomas had to learn that all best intentions and bold declarations cannot overcome the reality of our brokenness, our slavery to the flesh and the certainty of the grave.
What we need is a better twin than Thomas. We need Someone who can do for us, what we cannot do for ourselves.We need a twin who will triumph over death and reconcile us to God. We need Someone who has emerged from the tomb, someone who will draw us into his resurrection life, right here, right now. That’s what Thomas would eventually get, but it wouldn’t be accomplished by his good intentions, his piety or his boldness. He didn’t see it at first, but soon he would see and believe that his Friend, Jesus, would stick closer than a brother, even closer than a twin. And that Brother would make a way for him, and us to come out of the grave, to remove our grave clothes and step into new life.
Jesus our Brother calls us by name, to come out from the grave, and join him in life.
Jesus is closer than a brother – even a twin. He has called you by name, to rise from the grave. The grave clothes can come off. You can step into this day, being who you are now in him.