9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren...
Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.
I give the following prayer of praise and thanksgiving for this picture of You as the caretaker of the True Vine, the Lord Jesus, and then You make us His branches. For as You brought Him to completion as Emmanuel, He becomes our substitutionary and reconciling sacrifice. And He, our Great High Priest, administers Himself as our propitiation. I praise You that by this we are set apart through His blood and You make us one with Christ. Thereby, we are brothers with Him so You are not ashamed to confess us as Your own with joy.
Therefore, I encourage myself, and others, not only not to be ashamed to identify ourselves as belonging to Him, but to share every occasion to confess Him and speak of the greatness of how He takes every repentant sinner to praise Him. In doing so, we also bear testimony before even the heavenly beings of His great work to those who will commit themselves to You through Him. In this way, we contribute towards bringing sinners to what is eternally, not only worthwhile, but supremely blessed. We show “. . that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Heb 11:6).
Related reading: Praying Hebrews - Part 1; Praying Hebrews - Part 2; Praying Hebrews - Part 3