Hebrews – God’s Action in Jesus
Father’s Day is tomorrow so the ads of what to get your father for his big day are flooding all the media outlets. There is something new this year. “Give your father an Ancestry DNA package so he can find out where he comes from” and that will make him happy. What is all the hubbub and longing to know where we came from? “Have you not heard?”, Isaiah the prophet said so many years ago?
Most people, like the Jews of Paul’s day, descendants of Abraham, have a spiritual hole in their hearts that has not been filled by the One from whom they were created. That’s why their search is so intense. Who am I? Where did I come from? Who are my people? Some are scared to death…of death before knowing. If you want to know where you came from, check out our next passage and your curiosity will be filled and verified. AND it won’t cost $69 for a DNA kit!
Once you know, don’t put the information in a file folder and forget it! “It is crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. Stay focused! The information you have been waiting for is here….
Hebrew 2, The Message
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.
The Salvation Pioneer
5-9 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.
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 THERE YOU HAVE IT!
–We were all created by God, our Heavenly Father. We are descendants of Adam and Eve.
–All have sinned since Adam and Eve.
–God made a way for sin and death to be defeated. That way was Jesus, born to the same descendants as us.
–God sent His Son, a part of Himself, to come down, live among us, show mankind Who God is, then laid down His life for our sin, paying our debt in full. Forever.
–Why? For people like us.
–When we say yes to Jesus, accept, believe, and follow Jesus, we are now brothers and sisters to Him! Jesus came for “people like us” so that we who believe can live forever with him “as joint heirs” with Him!
–Yes, God made a way for his created…for people like us…to love Him back and be fully restored in our family relationship with our Father.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! It is clear from Whom we came and to Whom we will go when this journey here is complete. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit who helps us keep that firm grip on this hope and faith in knowing You. We know Whom we have believed. We know you as Father, God. There is no one like You. Thank you for your firm grip on people like us!
In Jesus Name, Amen