New Testament In a Year: November 4 – Hebrews 2

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Hebrews 2
(1-4) Warning Against Neglecting Salvation
Through the acceptance of salvation which is offered by Christ, everyone has a way to avoid retribution for their sins. If we neglect this salvation, there is no other way for us to escape by.

(5-18) The Founder of Salvation
God created us a little lower than the angels, yet He is very mindful of us and cares for us because we are His own. When Jesus the Christ came from Heaven to earth, He also was made a little lower than the angels so that He could identify with humankind and become like us in every respect. After His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, Christ was once again crowned with glory and honor and now rules over all of creation. True, we do not yet see everything in subjection to Christ. At the present moment, the world seems very much out of divine control and there are many who disregard God altogether, but that should not worry us because we can be sure that God left nothing outside of the control of His Son.

Christ had to taste death for everyone so that He could save everyone from death. He had to suffer death so that He could destroy the one who has the power of death. He had to share in our flesh and blood so that He could give us eternal life. Because Christ has defeated death once and for all, we no longer have to fear it and are no longer slaves to the grave. It is not the angels who Christ died to save, but us – His own brothers and sisters.

Christ was tempted while He was here on earth, and because of that, He is now able to help us when we are tempted. Because He suffered, He is able to comfort us in our sufferings. Because He was hated, He is able to perfectly and fully love us. He was made like us in every respect so that He could feel every feeling and experience every emotion that we go through. We are not alone. Christ knows all about our struggles and there is never a time when He is not near us.

Favorite verse: (17) Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

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