Taking a Hike through Hebrews…
We are all searching for it. We all want to see it in every situation we do not understand. No one likes being fooled. We are not satisfied until we know what is real. We have a great desire to know the truth. In the movie, “A Few Good Men”, there is a phrase that is shouted by a man who is back into a corner in an effort to find out the truth in a murder. “You can’t handle the truth!”
God gives the writer of Hebrews the ability to not only tell the Truth but to explain Who Truth is in the person of Jesus Christ, His Son. We are also commanded to “get a grip” on this message of Truth and not let go, but to indeed pass it on. Let’s slow our pace and drink in the message of Truth, understand the meaning, love Truth, live Truth and pass on Truth to those seeking authenticity in a world filled with smoke and mirrors of lies and pretensions.
Hebrews 2, The Message
GET A GRIP…
1-4 It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit.
WHO’S IN CHARGE…
God didn’t put angels in charge of this business of salvation that we’re dealing with here. It says in Scripture,
What is man and woman that you bother with them;
why take a second look their way?
You made them not quite as high as angels,
bright with Eden’s dawn light;
Then you put them in charge
of your entire handcrafted world.
When God put them in charge of everything, nothing was excluded. But we don’t see it yet, don’t see everything under human jurisdiction. What we do see is Jesus, made “not quite as high as angels,” and then, through the experience of death, crowned so much higher than any angel, with a glory “bright with Eden’s dawn light.” In that death, by God’s grace, he fully experienced death in every person’s place.
WE ARE FAMILY OF JESUS CHRIST!
10-13 It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the Salvation Pioneer perfect through suffering as he leads all these people to glory. Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family, saying,
I’ll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you;
I’ll join them in worship and praise to you.
Again, he puts himself in the same family circle when he says,
Even I live by placing my trust in God.
And yet again,
I’m here with the children God gave me.
14-15 Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.
16-18 It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.
And that’s the Truth! We CAN handle the Truth. Believe and we will be saved. The rescue has been completed. Take hold, get a grip and don’t ever let go of the Truth of the person of Jesus Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for Truth expressed so eloquently and succinctly. Thank you for helping us to understand Truth, not water it down, or make it easier to swallow, but to get a grip and not let go. You are Truth. Help us to live and tell the Truth with Your love in our hearts.
In Jesus Name, Amen