Hebrews 2 is thick with theology. What do we learn about Christ from this chapter?
- Everything is in subjection to him (2:8)
- Nothing is outside his control (2:8)
- For a little while, he was made a little lower than the angels (2:9)
- He is crowned with glory and honor (2:9)
- He suffered and died (2:9)
- He tasted death for everyone (2:9)
- He is not ashamed to call us brothers (2:11)
- Christ was fully human (2:14)
- Through his death, he destroyed the death grip of Satan (2:14)
- He is our merciful High Priest (2:17)
- He makes propitiation for our sins through his death i.e. satisfies God’s wrath (2:17).
Even in this crude list, you can see the mysterious truth that Jesus is both fully God and fully man. He had to be fully human in order to be our substitutionary sacrifice. And he had to be fully human to be the perfect mediator between us and God. He is both the sacrifice AND the priest.
It’s hard to comprehend the vast love required to be BOTH our priest AND sacrifice. It’s mind-blowing actually.
His love should draw us deeper into relationship with him. Our desire to seek him and to know him is evidence of our salvation. This is the reason the writer of Hebrews warns the young Jewish Christians to not “drift away” from the gospel (2:1). Hebrews consistently teaches that perseverance in faith is evidence of a saving faith. If we are truly saved, then the Holy Spirit will produce a godly longing within us…
As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God (Psalm 42:1-2).
Do you thirst for the living God? Do not drift away! Meditate on the great sacrifice of Christ and find comfort in the deep love of the Father…