Read: Hebrews 2
One of the amazing themes throughout the book of Hebrews is the supremacy of Jesus. In chapter 2, we see this specifically in the context of Jesus being our great high priest. Here are some highlights to notice from the chapter:
The warning of neglecting salvation (v. 3)
This is a reality for anyone who has heard the gospel and has not responded to it. We never know how long we have to live this life, and we have been given the offer of a great salvation that we have done nothing to deserve! Have you heard the gospel and not responded to it? Do you know someone in your life who has yet to respond to the gospel?
The supremacy of Jesus (v. 8-11)
In these verses, we see Jesus, who is crowned with glory and honor because of the death he suffered on the cross for us, and that through his death, Jesus took on the spiritual death that we all deserve. Jesus is what makes our salvation great, and its effects are what makes neglecting it so catastrophic.
Jesus became like us to save us (v. 14-18)
God became a man, being both fully God and fully man, so that through his death, we might see the death to death that we could not provide on our own. He is able to empathize with us in our weaknesses; he weakened himself so that we could be strengthened by his sacrifice and subsequent resurrection from the dead.
It should be refreshing for us to rehearse and apply the beautiful truths of the gospel. The same gospel that saves us is the same gospel that sanctifies us. Deepen your dependence on the power of the gospel, believing that in the gospel, God has given us everything we need to live a life that brings honor and glory to Him.
By: Graham Withers
When I think of the steps that Tim has taught over the years the one that I seem to struggle with the most is compassion for the lost. There was a time that this wasn’t a struggle for me. I pray that based upon today’s teaching that I may once again be infused in that area of my life.
May we truly believe as your devotion ends that God gives us ALL the strength we need to do our part!!!
That happens to a lot of Joey. Praying for God to break our hearts for lostness!
"to make propitiation for the sins of the people." (V.17)
The phrase has been said of you or me, "you're writing checks that your body can't cash." This remark can be said of anyone applying themselves to areas they don't belong, or working a duration they cannot maintain. But this is not true for Christ. This is His ministry, to demonstrate mercy and faithfulness and obtain full forgiveness.
When Christ "wrote the check" for my sins, there was no down payment, no partial payment, no installment plan, and no clearance or fire sale to reduce the terrible cost for my wretched sack of sinful flesh. No, "death was swallowed up in victory," praise God! The cost was paid in full.
Yes it is refreshing for us to rehearse and apply the beautiful truths of the gospel!
Great reminder Korbet!
"He is able to empathize with us in our weaknesses; he weakened himself so that we could be strengthened by his sacrifice and subsequent resurrection from the dead."
Love the way you put that, Graham.
Hope it was encouraging for you Lindsay!
I love the picture here of Jesus knowing exactly what we are going through. He went through the same thing! We can rest in that, knowing that Jesus has been there, and we can trust that He knows exactly what we are struggling with because of His personal experience. He is our way to the Father, He communicates with God for us, so we can trust that He is the perfect interceder for us since He has gone through it all before. As it says later in the book, He was tempted like we were, yet without sin. Great reminder of the fact that Jesus was fully God, and still fully man. Thankful that we can trust in Him because of that!
Amen!! It’s so cool that Jesus calls us his brothers and sisters.