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My friend, may I ask you a question? When Jesus rose from the dead that Easter morn, did he bring with Him a new concept of brotherhood that had never been expressed so keenly as it was now? Had the disciples graduated from friends and followers to brothers, and with that, had all things changed?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

What does it mean to have a brother? There is something special about a brother that sets them apart from all other people in the world. We strike many bonds in life, even those that bind us to a spouse, but the bond of brotherhood brings a type of strength and courage unsurpassed by any other bond in life. There is an old Japanese proverb that says it best. “Brothers quarrel like thieves inside a house, but outside their swords leap out in each other’s defense.” The bonds of brotherhood are among the strongest God has built into His creation.

When Jesus rose from the dead that Easter morn, he brought with Him a new concept of brotherhood that had never been expressed so keenly as it is now. The disciples had graduated from friends and followers to brothers. And with that, all things had changed. His resurrection had given birth to a new brotherhood, a new oneness that would now tie Jew to Gentile, Greek to Roman, Samaritan to Hebrew. And, with that brotherhood, He also brought with Him a new constitution, the Gospel, that would make that binding unique, enduring, and, unfortunately, subject to great testing. For, like genetic brothers, each of us sharing in that Gospel would now also share a common loyalty and concern for one another despite our internal quarrels. Like brothers, we now owe each other our swords.

“My Father and your Father . . . My God and your God!” There is just no way of getting around it. Jesus is telling us that, with His resurrection, things have changed. We are His brother and He ours. We have the same Father and, there- fore, share the same oneness with God and with those who are also sharing that bond of discipleship with us. That means we are to treat one another with the same love and respect that we would show to a brother or a sister-- even our enemies. When we treat one another badly, in word or in deed, it would be as if we did it to our own flesh and blood. This is unacceptable in a family; it is unacceptable in the family of Christ. “Love one another as I have loved you!” This is our divine instruction. Brothers and sisters, take up the sword for one another--to defend and not tear down.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord, Your resurrection from the dead has brought us new hope, new life in Your redemptive power. Our salvation is secured in the atonement that You made, and the promise of heaven is secured in your final defeat of death. Thank You Heavenly Father for Your love, mercy and grace toward a people as undeserving as us. Father, we often do not show the same manner of love to others in the church. We really seldom think of our neighbors and our enemies? That’s another matter altogether. Forgive us for witnessing that same love in Christ and so often not applying it to others. Help us by Your Spirit to put away jealousy, envy and revenge in our lives. Remind us daily of Christ’s Easter miracle and keep us focused on others instead of ourselves. In Jesus name. Amen!

May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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