Christ Is Superior In His Humanity. 2:5-18
Christ’s Humanity enabled Him to become our Savior: Heb 2:5-7.
The theme of the epistle of Hebrews is the superiority of Christ. In our last study we have seen the danger of drifting from Christ. The plan of salvation involves the Son of God becoming human so that he could die as a perfect sacrifice for us. Hebrew Christians became believers in Christ from a Jewish background. For Jews the concept of a suffering Messiah was inconceivable and a stumbling block. In chapter two, the author proves that, Christ in His humanity has become our perfect Savior by enduring suffering and death on the cross (2:5-18). His humanity enabled Him to regain man's lost destiny and dominion (2:5-9). It also enabled Him to bring many sons to glory and restored our lost unity as brothers in the family of God (2:10-13). His death and resurrection set us free from the fear of death (2:14-15). His resurrection broke the power of devil over death. By becoming human Christ has become our sympathetic High priest (2:16-18).
Future world will be subjected to Him: Heb 2:8-9
God created man in his own image to reign over his creation (Gen 1:26-28). But man disobeyed God and forfeited his glory and dominion that was theirs from creation (2:7-8). It is a quote from Psalms 8:4-6. Fallen man has become subservient to angels for a short time. Now man is subjected to sickness and death. He is bound by time and space. Man is afraid of animals and not reigning over anything. But God was mindful of him. He considered us and sent His Son to save us. This cannot be said about angels (2 pet 2:4; Jude. 6). One day man will be crowned with glory and honor. This follows the example Christ, who was made lower than angel for a little while to taste death but glorified through resurrection and exaltation. Christ remembered us in our low estate. In His incarnation Jesus was made lower than angels but now He is crowned with glory and honor. He will reign over the world to come. Some scholars consider the "World to come" may be a reference to Millennial kingdom. What a merciful Savior!
Christ became man to suffer death for us: Heb 2:10.
Cross is an essential part of the plan of salvation. For God to become truly human, He must suffer and die. He was made perfect or fully qualified to bring many sons to glory through suffering. Christ was always perfect. But by His perfection our salvation was not made possible. We are saved through the death of Christ and not by His sinless life. Here perfect, simply means completely qualified to provide salvation. That was only possible through His suffering and death. The perfect Son of God has become our perfect Savior. If He is not perfect, how can He become our atoning sacrifice for our sins? On the cross Jesus cried "It is finished". He was obedient to his Father. Christ died in order to rescue people for God from every tribe, language and nation (2:9; Rev 5:9). He was able to make atonement for our sins and now sympathizes with us. He is our great high priest. Only Jesus was perfectly qualified to become our Savior. Thus He became the author and finisher of our salvation. He is the captain of our salvation who brings many sons unto glory (2:10). This hope of bright future should fill our heart with joy.
Christ brought us into the God's Family: Heb 2:11-16.
Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brethren. Looking at us who are messed up in many ways, Jesus is willing to say “Here am I and the children whom God has given”(Isaiah 8:18). Those who believed Christ are the children of God (John 1:12). Thus believers are united in Christ as brothers in the family of God. Verses 12 and 13 are quotations from Psalm 22:22 and Isaiah 8:17-18. In Psalm 22, David foresaw the suffering and the coming glory of Christ (22:22). The risen savior called His disciples brethren to show their family relationship (John 20:17). Never before disciples were addressed this way. Christ’s death and resurrection restored our lost unity in the family of God. We are all sons of the same heavenly Father. Are you a child of God? (John 1:12). Adam's sin brought fear and death into human race (Rom 5:12). So we lived in the bondage of the fear of death. Christ's death and resurrection set us free from that fear of the slavery of death (Col 2:14, 15). The fear of death does not mean fear of dying. It rather means the fear of coming judgment. The believers are free from the condemnation of sin because Christ has endured our judgment on (Rom 8:1). Christ conquered death and the devil by His death and resurrection. Death could not keep Christ in its grip (Acts 2:24). Jesus said because I live you shall also live (John 14:19). Believers should not be afraid of death, because when we die we are at home with our Savior in glory (2 Cor 5:8). Through His death and resurrection, Christ destroyed the Devil, who had the power of death. The word destroys simply means made powerless. Christ holds the keys of hell and death (Revelation 1:18).
Christ is our sympathetic High Priest: Heb 2:17-18.
Christ did not come to save fallen angels but to save fallen human race. This is the heart of the message of this epistle. Christ was not under any obligation to save us.. Yet He came voluntarily to reconcile us to God by becoming a sin offering for us (1 John 2:2). Christ was faithful to the Father, in that He did not lower God's holy standard. He endured God's wrath for our sins on the cross. He is also our merciful High priest, in that He died on our behalf. He is our compassionate High Priest. Compassion is love in action. Christ is able and willing to help us in our temptations because He experienced them all yet without sin. He helps us to overcome temptations by fortifying our will and strengthening us in our weaknesses. Christ knows exactly how we feel. He will provide comfort and strength in times of our need. What a wonderful Savior! Do you Know Him?