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)

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. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, "I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise." And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Behold, I and the children God has given me." 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, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 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. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

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