WE SEE JESUS
Anita Clark – Pastor
Grace Chapel, Carbondale, Kansas
“But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9
The word “see” in the Greek language means, “to look at or behold, regard or take heed.” This means more than just seeing with our eyes. The Apostle Paul is saying that he saw who Jesus Christ was, and what He accomplished, and he took heed to believe and obey and receive the Lord Jesus as his Savior.
Note that this Verse from Hebrews says, “Who (Jesus) was made a little lower than the angels.’ The Amplified Version of the Bible says, “...Who was made lower than the angels for a little while.” Remember He created the angels, but came down to humanities’ level by becoming a human being, yet He was the Son of God with power. Hebrews 7:26, states “For such a high priest became us, [i.e made flesh like us] Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens.” He came down “...to taste death for every man.” But, remember that Christ did not stay in the grave. He arose. Hallelujah!
Right now, He is sitting in the heavens interceding for us. He is waiting to be “crowned with glory and honour.” He is sitting at the Father’s right hand waiting until His enemies are made His footstool (Psa. 8:6; 110:1). With eyes of faith we see it all now. It is real to us by faith.
In I Timothy 6:15-16 Apostle Paul says, “Which in His times He shall show who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Who only has immortality dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man hath seen, nor can see; to Whom be honour and power everlasting.”
God gave us GRACE through Jesus Christ’ death. GRACE means “unmerited favor, or something for nothing to the undeserving, etc.” None of us can be good enough to first accept Christ as our Savor or to stay saved, as some believe. To teach that we are saved by the grace of God, but maintain our salvation by our good works is absolutely incorrect. None of us can measure up. Titus 3:4-6 tells us, “But after that the kingdom of God our Saviour appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” Roman 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Ephesians 2:8-9 is another place where Apostle Paul tells us this truth. It says, “For by grace are ye saved, and that not of yourselves, not of works lest any man should boast.” No glory goes to any of us. Our salvation was purchased by the Lord’s death, and is secure once we receive Christ as our personal Savior.
Verse 10, 14 says, “For it became Him (or was fitting) for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Forasmuch, then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” As God He did not suffer anything. When He became a human being He learned through suffering how it feels to be tired, degraded by others, and physically hurt. He truly knows how we feel in our trials and tests. He in compassion lifts us out of sorrows and trials, because He went through so much more than we have ever endured. Verse 13-14 sums it up. Why did He suffer such terrible things? “Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that He hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour [aid, or relieve or help] them that are tempted.”
Several songs come to my mind which I have heard and sung in my lifetime i.e. “My Saviour knows just what I need.” and “He Knows, He knows.” In order for Him to be a compassionate, and faithful High Priest, He had to suffer so that He could know how to deal with us. This is what Verse 17 is saying. To have understanding to really feel our sorrow and pain, He had to experience as a man these situations of this earthly life. Other wise, we could accuse Him, “You don’t really understand what I’m going through.” But, because He understands our human state, He is a “merciful and faithful high priest.” This is how we should see Jesus. Do you see Him this way? Do you see Him with His eyes of love, and heart of compassion lifting your burden from you? What joy to know Christ in this way. To see Him with Spiritual eyes. It is the only way to have the kind of love, He wants us to have for Him. Recognize Who He is, Let your Spiritual sight enlarge and SEE Him in His fulness.