Sunday, April 1, 2018

Portraits of Christ

Pastor Earlene Davis - Wichita, KS

I like the portrait of Christ found in Hebrews 2:10, “The Captain of their Salvation.” For He is the captain of my salvation, my captain.

In verses 5 through 8 of this chapter we find God’s purpose concerning His Son; that all things be put in subjection under the feet of Christ as Man (Jesus, the very God and very Man). Our Lord Himself looked forward to that time with expectation of His millennial reign. For we read in Hebrews 10:12-13, But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.”

Heb. 2:9 – “We see Jesus,”  by faith we behold Him now crowned with glory and honor, at God’s right hand. It was by God’s grace that he tasted death for every man.  Others will be associated with Him (V. 10), “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory.” What a journey, from glory that He had with the Father, down to earth and back to that Glory. It involved emptying Himself. Taking the form of a servant, becoming in the likeness of men, humbling Himself unto death, even the death of the cross. Despised and rejected of men, a Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief and in it all learning obedience; making the captain of our salvation perfect through sufferings.

May we always remember that we are one with Him. V. 11, “For He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one.: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” Our Captain devoted Himself to that identification with His own. He set Himself apart unto that death, in order that we may share His risen life. He not only bore our sins on the cross, but He is faithfully interceding for us and getting us through this God-hating world, getting us home where He is. Heb. 2:17-18.

The sinless One, victorious over death will take His place as we read in Eph. 1:21-23 – “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is His body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

We are not yet glorified, Christ is. Phil. 2:9-11 – “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of  God the Father.”