Hebrews 2:10-18 – During the Christmas season, we spend a lot of time talking about the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Much attention is given to the details surrounding his entrance into the world and the fact that he came as a man like us.
But, for most of history, Jesus wasn’t here. In the beginning He was with God, and now He sits again with God. But for a short 30 or so years in the history of the world, Jesus walked the earth with us. John 1:14 says,”the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
What then is the big deal about the birth of Jesus? Why did he put on flesh? Why did God walk amongst us? Couldn’t God have snapped his fingers, said a word, and made it all better?
In Hebrews 2:10-18, the author sharpens our focus in matters such as this where he communicates that Jesus put on flesh so that he could be a high priest in service to God. Listen to Pastor Lee work through this passage as well as others in the book of Hebrews as he brings to light the truths surrounding Jesus’ putting on flesh so that he could be the better high priest that we need so desperately.
10 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. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying,
“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
13 And again,
“I will put my trust in him.”
“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
14 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, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore 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. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (ESV)