He became me to redeem me! (Hebrews 2:14-18)

 

  • Summary of Weeks
    • So far we have learned that God speaks to us and we can hear Him whenever He does speak. Also, what God has spoken through Jesus is of greater importance than other messages. Finally, we were warned not to neglect God’s “great salvation” provided through Jesus, because doing so could cause us to drift away from our fixed position in Christ leading to a more severe judgment.
    • Today, we will talk about the “great salvation” we are warned not to neglect.
  • Hebrews 2:14-18
    • Verses 5-13 address Christ’s superiority to angels (e.g. His divinity). This is the first of many comparisons which will distinguish Christ as greater than__________.
    • In verses 14-18 we find a slight departure from the earlier mention of Christ’s divinity to now bring attention to His humanity.
  • QUESTION: What difference does it make that Jesus was one of us?
  • QUESTION: How would you explain Jesus’ reason for becoming human?
  • The fact that Jesus was human like we are was not by accident. He became human on purpose.
  • Why flesh and blood (vv 14-16)
    • The Hebrew writer points out 3 specific reasons for why Jesus became human.
    • To Destroy the devil (14)
      • John 8:44 – Jesus said that Satan has always been a murdering liar.
      • 2 Cor. 4:3-4 – Satan keeps unbelievers in darkness.
      • 1 John 3:8 – Therefore, Jesus became human and subject to death in order to defeat the devil.
    • To Release/Free humanity (15)
      • Col. 2:13-15
      • Titus 2:11-14
      • What these verses and Hebrews 2:15 have in common is that they speak to the availability of salvation for all people. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection freed humanity from our inability to respond to God because of sin.
    • To Help/aid/ reach out to/take hold of/redeem (16)
      • Have you ever seen in a movie where someone is standing in the middle of oncoming traffic and just before they are hit by afast moving vehicle another person pushes themout of the way sparing the life of the first person, but endangering their own? That’s what happens here.
        • The idea here is that Jesus became us in order to redeem us.
        • 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • In Conclusion
    • Hebrews 2:17-18
      • These last two verses show us the sufficiency of Jesus to destroy the Devil, free humanity from the bondage of sin and redeem us.
      • He is the merciful & faithful High Priest and Sacrifice.
      • He is our High Priest because, being like us He can empathetically identify with our struggles to live righteously and therefore, accurately represent us to the Father.
      • He is also our Sacrifice/Propitiation. READ John 10:17-18. Jesus says that He willingly gave up His life for us. By giving up His life, He became the full and final payment (propitiation) which turns away the wrath of God.
      • In summary, it was necessary for Jesus to be made like us so that He could defeat the devil and free us from his sinful bondage making it possible for everyone to be saved. By becoming like us, He proved Himself to be the greatest High Priest for us having suffered what we suffer and being tempted like we are – yet perfect and sinless – allowing Him to furthermore, be the sacrifice for our redemption as He gave Himself in order to pay the full debt and turn away God’s wrath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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