Continuing Series of Meditations on the Epistle to the Hebrews (chapter 2)
Much of the Epistle to the Hebrews is about Jesus Christ, all that He is and what that means for us. That’s the primary subject. But it is also about us, His believers and followers. Basically, the message is that He is a model for us to follow.
1 Peter 2:21: “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.” (NASB)
So let’s look first at some important information in the chapter about Jesus.
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.
–Hebrews 2:10 (NASB)
God the Father is the source of all things good and ultimately they exist for Him. This verse is saying that it was appropriate that Jesus was brought to maturity, made perfect through sufferings. This is an integral part of “bringing many sons to glory,” that is our salvation accomplished all the way through its three phases: justification, sanctification, and glorification.
God does the bringing.
Notice that is it God that does this. We don’t bring ourselves: He brings us. Salvation is not something we earn or accomplish. It’s what God accomplishes for us through Jesus Christ.
God the Father was also active in Jesus’ life as He lived it here on earth, through the Holy SPirit. God brought Jesus to maturity. The Holy Spirit led Jesus “into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He has fasted forty days and forty nights, He became hungry. And the tempter came and said…” (Matthew 4:1-3, NASB)
Jesus was both God and man at the same time. Deity and humanity. And He still is. He still has a body, though a much glorified, powerful and indestructible one now, and He is still fully human. He is the perfect bridge between God the Father and You and me. He makes the Father accessible to us, and He is one with us, as much so and more so than a husband is one with his wife.
This is of course a great mystery, and I tread lightly. One grand and adorable Person who has two natures, one fully God, one fully human.
Jesus lived as fully human on earth, while being also God.
It is vital to realize that while Jesus walked the earth as both God and man, that He did not depend on his Deity as his primary source of strength, healing and miracles or even wisdom.
He certainly could have made use of His privileges at any point as the Son of God: “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father and He will at once put at My disposal more than twleve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53, the occasion of Jesus arrest in the Garden of Gesthemane)
On the other hand, when the scribes objected to Jesus saying to the paralytic, “Take courage, son, your sins are forgiven.” Jesus added:
Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”… (Matthew 9:2-6)
Jesus was and is certainly the Son of God, but here He calls Himself the “Son of Man.” While being God, at the same time He exercised authority as the Son of Man, an important distinction.
Now while I would never take it upon myself to forgive the sins of others in God’s place (as in the example in the above paragraph), I firmly believe that much of what Jesus did here on earth, we can do too. At the very least we have the potential for doing it.
I can do all thing through Him [Christ] Who strengthens me.” (Phillippians 4:1, NASB)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works I do, she will do; because I go to the Father.” (John 14:!2, NASB)
Now we believers in Jesus Christ have this potential only because we are one with Him. We are His bride, His siblings, forever joined to HIm. And it is a very real potential.
“Whoever speaks, is to do so as one speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11, NASB)
Now back to the verse above (Hebrews 2:10) and particularly the words “the author of their salvation .” The word “author” in the above verse also carries the meanings of: captain, prince, leader, or chief. It’s used in the Septuagint for the chief of a tribe. He’s our Leader and God the Father’s agent.
Jesus lived and dramatized the perfect example of how we should live. We are live as He did and to continually to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2, NASB).
He is our Savior and Lord, and also our elder Brother and Husband. We are one with Him for eternity. It’s time we started acting like it.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1, NASB)