WE SEE JESUS
Anita Clark – PastorGrace 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 honor: that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9.
Right now in reading these words from the Bible, let your mind think about how Jesus Christ did this for us, and all humanity.
The phrase “We see Jesus,” in the Greek means “to look at, or regard or take heed.” First, we see how Jesus came down from His high position with His Father. Apostle Paul speaking of Jesus Christ says in Philippians 2:6-8, “Who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant (Gk. slave) and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in the fashion of a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Can you in your thoughts see Jesus hanging there? He is no longer on that cross of shame, but now on high at the right hand of God the Father interceding for us. There are eight instances where the Scripture states, that Jesus is right now sitting on the right hand of God.
Jesus Christ, if not made a human being could not have died for our sins. Hebrews 7:25-26 says, “Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him; seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them. For such a high priest became us, Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens.” Remember, Jesus did not stay on the cross or in the grave.
Notice our beginning verse, and the phrase, “Jesus - crowned with glory and honor.” Praise God - He is exalted, at the right hand of God the Father, waiting to take His rightful place on His throne. (Read Rev. 4:1-3; 19:1-16). I Timothy 6:14-16 Paul says, “That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable. until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: which in His times He shall show who is the blessed and only Potentate, (sovereign God), the King of kings, and Lord of lords.”
Notice our first verse where Paul says, “by the grace of God.” The word “grace” means “unmerited favor, or something for nothing to the undeserving.” None of us can be good enough to receive salvation by our strength because none of us can measure up. Titus 3:4-5, tells us, “But after the kindness and love God our Saviour toward man appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us...”
Looking at Hebrews 2:10, we see, “”For it became Him. 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” Wasn’t Jesus Christ already “perfect?” Yes, in Who He was as God, but His suffering there on the cross, caused Him to understand the weakness and hurt of the human race.
Without His human suffering, we could say, “He doesn’t understand my weakness, or how much I’m hurting, or how I feel.” Because He became human, He does understand. He has compassion on us. Because He has a human nature, He understands our feelings and emotions.
Verse 11 says, “For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” The word “sanctifieth” means “set apart to God.” In verse 14, Paul says, Forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil.” When Jesus died and rose again, He destroyed the devil having the power of death.”
Verse 15 gives us assurance when it says, “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Verse 17 is such a dynamic verse. “Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
Verse 17 says, “Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” Now, He knows how we feel and what we suffer. Now, He is a merciful High Priest. He has made “reconciliation” between the people and God.
The word “reconciliation” means “to atone for sin - to be merciful.” He paid the price that was brought to God and accepted for our salvation. Praise the Lord!