For this reason He had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17
I am so thankful for Jesus Christ for my salvation is in Christ alone!
Today’s we read, Hebrews 2:17 which begins with“For this reason.”We look back to verse 14b-15 to find that the writer continues to reveal the life and word of Jesus by telling us the reason Jesus took on the likeness of man, that “He might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.“
How does He break the power of the devil?
Verse 17, by becoming a“merciful and faithful high priest in service to God,” AND by atoning for man’s sin, “that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.”
In other words, Jesus came that He would make an offering before God as High Priest and be the offering to God as the Sacrificial Lamb and atone for our sin. That’s a ‘shout now – HALLELUJAH!’
In the Old Testament, the role of the high priest was to make sin offerings before the Lord so the sins of the people could be forgiven. Jesus fulfilled this need in the New Testament for all time.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood—to be received by faith. Romans 3:25a
Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Hebrews 9:26
Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered himself. Hebrews 7:27
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:28
Jesus came as the Messiah to make atonement for man by taking on man’s guilt and sin. What a merciful Savior who abounds in grace to endure the wrath of God for our sin, not His own.
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
When God’s wrath fell on Christ, He took the punishment and death that belonged to you me “for the wage of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus justified us in God’s court of righteousness.
Jesus the Christ, the“merciful and faithful high priest.“
Merciful in dealing with man – Son of Man Faithful in dealing with sin “in service to God” – Son of God
O Heavenly Father, we bow in thanks and praise to exalt your Holy Name! Thank you for so loving us that You gave Your Son that we would know forgiveness and redemption of sins and no longer fear death but rather, have eternal and abundant life. Thank you for the atoning work of Jesus our Savior and Lord! We bow and agree that You and You Alone are God! We are blessed and privileged to be Your blood bought children. In Jesus Name, Amen!
For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus…” Acts 3:19-20
“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Sin – 4
“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insightmaking known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ…” Ephesians 1:7-9
“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.26 For as the Father has life in himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in himself.27 And He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”John 5:25-29
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Ephesians 6:1-2
“From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
For the one who sows to His own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:28
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8
“Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.6 If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-9
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,15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15
The above is another one of those rich passages in Hebrews that should be slowly chewed, marinated in the Spirit and served with other delicious Words of the Holy Bible.
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood- Since those born of man, who belong to Christ, who have relationship, communion, fellowship with the Son of God because they have accepted Him as Lord and Savior…
He himself likewise partook of the same things, Jesus who was God in the beginning, not by nature flesh and blood took upon Himself man’s nature…
that through death
Jesus became a man, took upon Himself flesh and blood, to die for our sin. He came as our Sacrificial Lamb therefore He had to born a man.
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.
SHOUT NOW- HALLELUJAH! BLESSED IS THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD!
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your Word. Psalm 119:114
Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and as promised we have the Scriptures and quotes from Carrie ten Boom. I pray that these will be a blessing to your day!
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard Him; He saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:4-8
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.4 But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,5 He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,6 whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7