The bond that will never be broken
I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters;
I will sing hymns to you in the congregation.
Again, I will trust in him. And again, Here I am with the children God gave me. Hebrews 2:12-13 CSB
The bond that exists between those who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior and with Jesus Himself is very strong and will never be broken. This is what Jesus promised: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). From the text, the author of Hebrews uses the Old Testament to give validity to his statements about Jesus. Verse 12 comes from Psalm 22:22, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters; I will praise you in the assembly.” To note, this same psalm opens with, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning?” These words are the same words that Jesus cried out on the cross. Jesus Christ, then, proclaims “Your name,” the Father’s name to “my brothers and sisters,” meaning fellow believers. The first half of Psalm 22 is a lament through trials and tribulations, with verse 22 serving as the turning point, praising God for His victory. Jesus Christ suffered on the cross so that fellow believers can be united together and praise God. Then, verse 13 comes from Isaiah 8:17-18, “I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will wait for him. Here I am with the children the Lord has given me to be signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of Armies who dwells on Mount Zion.” This usage of these quotations, in relation to Jesus, shows how He too is putting His trust in the Father in obedience, modeling the same attitude and actions that believers should reciprocate in their lives. And Jesus comforts His followers, being present with them, “Here I am with the children God gave Me.” Jesus has a close relationship with His followers, those to whom He had set an example following the Father’s commands. Therefore, believers should always keep these encouraging words in mind, and also, be in obedience to Him, trusting in Him and proclaiming His name to those around them, living lives of worship to Him. As brothers and sisters of Christ because of our faith in Him, we are to be faithful in the midst of this confused and unbelieving world. We function today as God’s light-bearers to provide light to this dark and sinful world. Let us pray to God that He will help us to be faithful and that we will not be ashamed of the bond that ties us with Christ for He is our Lord and Savior.
Isaac De Guzman