Jesus Made Perfect Through Suffering

It’s easy to live a long life, at least in America. Look at the statistics: Out of every 100,000 persons, 88,361 reach 50 years of age, more than 70,000 make it to 70, and almost 17,000 get to 85 or more. Staying around a long time, however, should not be our primary goal. Rather … More

Death

Jesus did not come into this world to gain status or political power, but to suffer and die so that we could have eternal life. Through the Lord’s suffering God made Him fit to bring man unto salvation (v. 10). Because we have the same Father, Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters (v. 11). Because God’s children are human beings made of flesh and blood, Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form (v 14). The concept of a suffering Messiah was a stumbling block to the Jews.

These verses tackle the problem by declaring the necessity of the cross in God’s plan of salvation:

  1. It proved Christ’s absolute identity with humanity (vv. 11-13). We can see how Jesus Christ was not ashamed to identify Himself with sinners, but was willing to die for them.
  2. It destroyed the power and fear of death (vv. 14-15). The thing that terrifies people more than anything else in this life is death. When we receive Christ, we have been released from the bondage of death and can now actually enter into the presence of our Lord.
  3. It provided an intercessory High Priest (vv. 16-18). The Christian Jews of that day needed to hear that Christ had suffered as they were suffering.

Because He has gone through temptation, He is able to help us when we are tempted (v. 18).

Application

I should never have fear about death. It is very comforting to know that Jesus conquered death. Death will actually be a graduation time from this life.

Hebrews 2:10-18 (English Standard Version)


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