Hebrews 2 - Jesus is fully human
During this fast season we are exploring - through what we read in a chapter a day of the Bible - who God is and what He is like.
1. Pray and read - preferably together
2. Pray and share
Jesus is the unique Son of God but He is also fully human.
There are many warnings in Hebrews: the pressure of persecution and the weight of worldliness were in danger of distracting them from fulfilling their calling.
Verses 5 to 8 are easy to misunderstand. They do not refer just to Jesus. In fact the writer is pointing to the whole of mankind. Our purpose is to steward the earth and govern it so it is fruitful and so the goodness of community is reproduced across the world (Genesis 1:28). We so easily think of one person in our Western, individualistic way of thinking. But the writer is thinking of the whole of humanity fulfilling our intended purpose.
We do not yet see that on the earth. But we do see Jesus (verse 9) and He is now making those who follow Him holy. Another way of putting it is that He is bringing many “sons” to glory (“sons” includes men and women, of course, but in that time only sons would inherit and the point is that we can all inherit the salvation Jesus has won for us).
Jesus is now glorified because He has humbled Himself and willingly embraced suffering. It was always His purpose to bring those who respond to Him into the glorious inheritance that He has!
Peter teaches the same in 1 Peter 1:3-4. And Paul explains in Ephesians 1:1-14 that all who are “in Christ” share in the inheritance that was predestined for Him. The word “predestined” in that chapter does not mean some individuals are somehow chosen to share in the inheritance and others are not. Instead it means all who respond to Him with repentance and baptism, and can therefore be filled with the Spirit, are in Christ and share in the inheritance that was predestined from the beginning.
God is not just rescuing individuals from an eternity of being separated from Him. His plan is bigger. He is making a new creation and we who believe become part of it when we are born again. This new creation will be one where mankind will actually fulfil what was originally intended, the mandate in Genesis 1:28.
Verses 14 to 18 give us a clear picture of Jesus the man. In order to bring about a new creation and the salvation that we can enjoy, He had to be fully human.
He had to demonstrate in His own life what it means to be truly human, to live as God always intended. He had to be perfect, to follow the Spirit at all times and to make right choices because of staying close to Father by the Spirit. Only then could He be the perfect, spotless Lamb, our sacrifice.
If He could live with temptation but without sin, so can we! Our High Priest made a sacrifice once for all that is not only enough for our sins but also to enable Him to fill us with the Spirit, so we can follow Him.
3. Pray and act
Father, thank you for including us in your plan and for giving us an inheritance with Jesus - please fill us with your Spirit so we may become more like Him.