Migration and God

He is not ashamed to call us brothers. (see Hebrews 2:11)

Lord Jesus grew up in Nazareth. He lived there about 30 years. Then He migrated to Capernaum, which lies about 40 miles northeast of His hometown.

At first, He was a stranger in Capernaum. When He rose to teach in the synagogue for the first time, most people there would not have recognized His face. One person declared, however, “I know who you are, Jesus of Nazareth!”

earthsunWho I am has a lot to do with where I am from. Often you can tell what part of the U.S. someone comes from by his or her accent. Like, “Where are you from?” “Heeyyy…I’m from Brucklin!” Or: “Padner, I’m from Amarilla, Texas!” And some of us have migrated from places where people speak languages other than English.

But Jesus, the High Priest, the Holy One of God: He is not ashamed to call all of us brothers. He came to teach us a very important truth about where we all come from. Whether I come from Vietnam or Panama, Wisconsin or L.A., I come from God. We all, fundamentally, come from God. Every human being does. God knit each of us together in our mothers’ wombs, using His consummate artistry in doing so.

Let me give you one proof that we ultimately come from God, not just Iowa or Canada or France. Yes, it is true that people from the same place have a lot in common, especially their manner of speaking.  So people from the same place generally understand each other better than people from other places. Koreans generally understand Korean better than Austrians do, and Austrians understand German better than Tanzanians do.

But the proof that God is our true origin is this: Not all Austrians are the same. Not all Germans are the same. Or Japanese, or Mexicans, or New Yorkers, or Roanokers. God made each of us truly unique; no two human beings are exactly alike, and every human being has his own unique life to live. So sometimes a Roanoker might have a best friend who comes from Guadalajara. Sometimes Virginian women fall in love with Asian men, and they have Amerasian children.

Jesus calls us all brothers. Jesus loves and understands us all. He died for us all, because we are all sinners. Homegrown Americans and migrants alike—all sinners, all redeemed by the blood of Jesus of Nazareth. And He gives us all a share in the only life truly worth living—the life of His divine brotherly love.


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