Archive for January 4th, 2018

Hebrews 2

Hebrews 2 focuses on Jesus and His role in God’s plan.  “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it”.  There are some wise words for each of us as Christ Followers.  They certainly could have been written to us today, as the world around us pulls us in many directions, almost always away from our walk with Jesus.  The biggest challenge for all believers is that drifting away is what happens when we don’t do anything.  When we are inactive in walking with Christ.  When we just coast through life and assume it will all work out.  Being a Christ Follower requires intention and attention.  It doesn’t just happen because we receive Jesus as Savior, just like a marriage doesn’t work because we say ‘I do’.

God’s plan for the world through Christ is supported not only by the Bible, but in many ways.  “For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was  attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will”.  God has proven Himself time and again through history.  It all started in that manger some 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, and all of history has pointed to the reality that He is not only Savior, He is also Lord.  Ignoring God’s truth doesn’t make it untrue, just like ignoring gravity and then jumping off a building after that won’t make you fly.  Truth is truth, and Jesus is truth.

The life of Christ didn’t follow the path we would expect for a King.  “But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it  was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source”.  Jesus came to earth, was persecuted, suffered and hung on a Cross to bear the sin of everyone and provide the one source for eternal life, namely His perfect sacrifice, for without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.  It was all God’s plan which was executed flawlessly.

So why did Jesus have to come and die?  “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 came to have complete and final victory.  “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”.  Jesus came to experience life like you and me, which enabled Him to perform the ultimate sacrifice and win the war with evil.  He knows what we face.  He’s experienced temptation.  He’s there to help us.  We just need to ask.  We must need to receive God’s gift of grace, which is Jesus Christ, to not only save us from our sin, but lead us through life as our Lord!

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