Archive for February 16th, 2011

Hebrews 2

Hebrews 2 starts with some words we need to pay close attention to: “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it”.  That one smacked me upside the head.  Do you pay close attention to God’s Word?  Really close attention – like your life depended on it kind of attention?  It does and we should.  The problem is that if we don’t we drift from it.  We begin to lose track of what God wants to do in our life and we take the wheel and drive into the weeds.  Let me urge you with a sense of real strong urgency that you have to wake up and pay attention.  I probably would have worded this a bit stronger than the writer did – how we deal with God’s Word really does matter.

He goes on to tell us that we cannot “escape if we neglect such a great salvation”.  There is only one way to eternity – and it is the salvation that comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  And here the writer tells us how it has been made clear in four different ways.  Pay attention to this – it really is a key truth:

–       “declared at first by the Lord

–       attested to us by those who heard

–       God also bore witness by signs and wonders

–       By gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will

God didn’t just give us the message once.  It came to us in four very distinct ways from each part of the Trinity and by the disciples themselves.  Jesus is the real deal.  His offer of salvation through grace is it.  It has been given to us in many ways – all that is left is for us to respond.

The chapter goes on to explain that “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery”.  Jesus became a human like us so He could experience what we do – and that by taking our sin to the cross and dying a physical and painful death – He could conquer the one with the power of death – the devil himself – and set us free forever.  How cool is that?  How loving that God sent His only son to set us free from the slavery of sin that leads to eternal separation from God.  But did He really have to do that – become like us?  “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted”.  The answer is yes – He did – because it allows Him to truly be our mediator and empathizer with God.  He had to become man in order to truly set us free.  And He did – willingly and completely – and became a propitiation for our sin (don’t you love that word?).  Thank you Jesus for loving us that much.  And thanks to God the Father for being willing to send His Son to take our place.  We can live victoriously because Jesus has paid the price.  Are you living that way?  Victoriously over sin?  We can – we should – we must!

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