Putting God's Word into Practice…

Hebrews 2:5-18 ~ Because of Grace

on March 2, 2013

I have heard people ask before, “Why did Jesus have to be born as a human and die?”  This chapter answers that question and so much more!  My heart has been touched by God this morning, and I hope I can put it into words.

This section of verses starts with a prophecy about the coming Savior from Psalm 8.  “What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?  You made him for a little while lower than the angels (1); you have crowned him with glory and honor (2), putting everything in subjection under his feet (3).”

(1) You made him for a little while lower than the angels.  Since we are made of flesh and blood, Jesus became flesh and blood.  Because we suffer and die, Jesus suffered and died.  The consequence of sin is death.  Death is the trophy of Satan’s victory in the Garden of Eden over the will of mankind.  Death is 100% common to all man–all live, all sin, all die.  Therefore, Jesus became on of us lived a perfect life, took all our sins on himself and died.  Rising again, He defeated death and delivered us from slavery to the fear of death.  Jesus’ life gives us victory over death and eternal condemnation.  

The blessings of His manhood don’t stop there!  Because Jesus was one of us and was tempted and tried, suffered and died, He offers us mercy, faithfulness and help!  He is sitting next to the Father in Heaven mediating and interceding for us!  He is not judging us–judgment is trumped by mercy!  He is not condemning us; He is helping us!  And because of His faithfulness, He will never forsake us!  

All this happened because of the grace of God!  We are the sinners, we did not deserve to be rescued from the snares of sin, but by God’s grace He would not let go of His creation!  His character impelled Him to send a Savior!

(2) Crowned Him with glory and honor.  Remember Hebrews 1:3 says that after Christ “made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;” and Philippians 2:8-10 says, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.”  Suffering united Christ with man.  We all suffer.  We all die.  Yet because of Christ, death leads to glory–for Him and for everyone united to Him in salvation.

(3) Putting everything in subjection under his feet. Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside His control.  At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to Him.  Everything is in subjection to Jesus, and everything is under His control.   Yet man continually bucks against His authority and power.  Why do we when He has been so gracious, sacrificial and kind toward us!  

Today, I surrender my heart and my plans to my Savior!  He is good, merciful, gracious, and faithful!


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