Weekly Words

Weekly Words | Hebrews 2:11 “Finding ourselves”

The author of Hebrews, in chapter 2, offers a hypothetical question that anticipated that his readers would ask: The question for the readers was, Why was it necessary for Jesus to become a man.” The writer gives his readers four reasons for Jesus becoming a man:

1. Vs. 5-9 To: RECAPTURE OUR LOST DESTINY.

2. Vs. 10-13 RECOVER OUR LOST UNITY.

3. Vs. 14-15 The third reason is to: RELEASE US FROM OUR PRESENT BONDAGE.

4. Vs. 16-18 The fourth reason is to: RESTORE US IN TIMES OF FAILURE.

According to verse 11 he fully entered into our fears and pressures and because of this he is fully one with us. The writers point is that, Jesus has put us, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, on the path to glory. It’s a “progressive sanctification” as it will continue on through glorification and into eternity where although we will “know as we are known” (1 Corinth 13:12). Even in the infinite years of eternity we will never become in the absolute “LIKE HIM” for finiteness can only approach infinity, it can never “EQUAL” it.

Notice the phrase, “are all of one” which is defined by the phrase “for which reason He, (JESUS), is not ashamed to call them BRETHREN”. This is the heart of the 2nd reason Jesus became man; which was to RECOVER OUR LOST UNITY with our Lord! Jesus never refers to His disciples as “brethren” until after His resurrection in John 20:17 where He sends Mary to announce His resurrection to His “BRETHREN”. Jesus and believers are all out of “ONE SOURCE”, it is for this reason that Jesus is not ashamed to call them BRETHREN”. Believers, because of Jesus, find our source of identity in God the Father, thus Jesus calls us His brethren. The implications of this are too great for words as we consider the reality that Jesus who is God the Son in His exalted deity is not ashamed to call us His brothers! Of all the things we humans suffer from, sense the fall, nothing is more obvious then the loss of our “IDENTITY”! In the 60’s and 70’s we were all about trying to “FIND OURSELVES” which was a truthful statement of having lost our sense of identity. Things haven’t changed in 30 to 40 years. People are constantly trying to “discover themselves” and they cannot RECOVER THEIR LOST UNITY OR IDENTITY! But as believers in Christ, WE HAVE RECOVERED OUR LOST IDENTITY! Every follower of Christ has the answer to one of the great questions: “WHO AM I”? The answer through Christ: A child of the King of Kings, and one who our Lord is not ashamed to call His brothers and sisters! Paul said in Romans 8:17 “if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” And all of this because He has chosen to identify with us! This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!