Hebrews 2:5–18comment (0)
September 7, 2006
By Dale Younce
Related Scripture: Hebrews 2:5–18
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Professor of Christian Studies, School of Christian Studies, University of Mobile
Scripture gives us the wonderful, amazing news that Jesus died for our sins — in fact, for everyone. He became one of us, a genuine human being, so we could be included in His family, becoming His spiritual brothers and sisters. He knew we needed to be freed from the power of Satan and from our sins. So He took action to make that possible. However, only those who understand what He has done can benefit from it. God wants people to place their faith in Jesus Christ so they will receive salvation. God also wants us to encourage others to place their faith in Christ.
Where We Are (5–8)
Mankind seems to be ever ready to belittle its own dignity and destiny. But the truth remains that God is mindful of man and has visited him in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. God’s original purpose for man was for man to have dominion over God’s creation (Gen. 1:26). Man was to fellowship with God and rule benevolently the earth and its creatures, a goal not yet realized even today. God crowned man with a glory and honor not given to other creatures, including angels. But man’s rebellion (Gen. 3) displaced man from fellowship with God and sidetracked man’s dominion of the earth.
However, man’s failure has not frustrated God’s purpose for mankind. God’s Son became a genuine human being, and by so doing, He became, in the order of creation, inferior to angels. This inferior status was only temporary, lasting only during the days of His earthly life. As a man, Jesus suffered for us on the cross. As a man, He was raised from the dead, and as a man, He will rule over the future kingdom of God on earth. What Adam lost, Christ regained. The fact that we human beings, at the present, are not in charge of creation is evidence of our sin.
Who Can Help (9–13)
To meet our need, God stepped out of eternity into time/space history. In the incarnation, He became a man in order to die. If God was to bring many sons to glory, then it must not be by the power of man but through the power of God, the power of God displayed in Christ’s suffering. Jesus is the Son of Man, as well as the Son of God. His brothers and sisters are the many people who are linked with Him by faith in both suffering and future glory.
The sufferings of Jesus, all that He endured by reason of His incarnation, reached their consummation in His sacrifice on the cross. This qualifies Him to be the Leader of man’s redemption. His sufferings allow Him to call believers “brethren.” Jesus identified completely with human beings by coming to earth as one of us. Therefore He could do something about our sin problem.
What We Need (14–18)
The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews spells out, for his readers, four results of Jesus’ incarnation and death, all of which we desperately need. (1) Jesus rendered Satan’s power inoperable. Those who have trusted Christ need no longer live in slavery to Satan. (2) Jesus releases believers from the fear of death. By His resurrection, Jesus has secured resurrection for those trusting Him. No longer do believers need to fear death. (3) Jesus had made propitiation for our sins. Propitiation refers to God’s wrath being satisfied by Christ’s death on the cross. Sin interrupts normal relations with God; propitiation removes the sin and restores the relationship. (4) Jesus, out of His own experience of suffering, understands our struggles and temptations, and He is able to come to our aid. We can turn to Jesus to provide the relief we need from our sins. He forgives us and rescues us from their eternal consequences.