He gets us
Some of us have seen this tv ad
The purpose of the ad is to show that because of Jesus humanity, he gets us
We are broken because of sin
We face temptation on a daily basis
In this life we face suffering of different kinds
But the wonderful thing is that Jesus has walked in our shoes
He has come to rescue us
Paul writes in Philippians 2:5-8
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
Jesus fully became human and because He became fully human He understands us
He has compassion for us
Today we look at Hebrews 2:10-13
We begin in Verse 10
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.
Bringing many sons and daughters to glory
1. Glory here means glory, splendor, honor. Refers to the honor which is accorded to, or the splendor which characterizes, a person or thing
2. Because of Jesus we are being transformed and changed into the very character and nature of God
3. It is through God that all has been created and all continues as it is
a. God holds all things together by His mighty power
4. Jesus is the pioneer of our salvation
a. The word Pioneer means prince. A preeminent ruler or originator.
b. Salvation has originated with Jesus
c. Because of Him we are able to be saved
d. It is only by His precious blood that we can be washed clean
5. It says He was made perfect through what He suffered
a. Does this mean that Jesus is not perfect?
b. That somehow He wasn’t perfect in every way
c. The word perfect here means to complete, fulfill, finish, make perfect, consecrate. The basic sense is “bring to completion”; this can refer to making something perfect, accomplishing a task, or fulfilling a scripture
d. It is not that Christ was somehow flawed or imperfect
e. But through His suffering He came to fully understand us as human beings
f. Through the tempations He faced He fully came to understand our experience on this earth
6. The difference with Jesus is He never sinned
a. He never gave into temptation
b. Because He has walked in our shoes He is our faithful and compassionate High Priest
7. There are moments when we may feel like throwing in the towel but all we need to do is turn to Jesus
a. He makes it possible for us to approach the Father without fear
b. Our sin is removed
c. We are brought to glory because He has fully become human and has walked in our shoes
11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says,
“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.”[b]
13 And again,
“I will put my trust in him.”[c]
And again he says,
“Here am I, and the children God has given me.
Through the work of The Holy Spirit we are made holy
1. Jesus has become like us in every way
2. Because of Jesus we are adopted into God’s family
a. Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
b. Through Jesus Christ we have been adopted
c. Abba is Aramaic and means father, probably as an informal term that a child would be privileged to use with his own father.
d. Because of Jesus we belong to the Living God
e. We have been purchased at a price
f. Our debt has been paid and we have been redeemed
g. We are no longer slaves of sin, we have become slaves of righteousness
h. Our very nature has changed
i. We are no longer separated from God, we have been reconciled unto God because of Jesus
3. Here it speaks of the word holy
a. Holy means To consecrate, to make holy, sanctify, hallow, treat as holy.Describes the divine act of setting aside as sacred. Can also refer to a human attitude of reverence shown to divine things
b. Jesus is the one who sanctifies us through The Holy Spirit
c. The Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out
d. The only way we can be changed from the inside out is by being first set free from the bondage of sin
e. Once we are set free we are changed on a daily basis as we abide in Christ
f. Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
g. It is the Holy Spirit who transforms us from the inside out
h. As our minds are renewed by truth, we are transformed
i. But this is only possible when Christ has set us free by His sacrifice at Calvary
4. Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters
a. Verse 12 comes from Psalm 22:22 “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.
b. Psalm 22 is a prophetic Psalm that speaks about all that the Messiah would endure through Calvary
Psalm 22:1-21 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? 2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.[b]
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.[c] 4 In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. 5 To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. 10 From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 13 Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me. 15 My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce[e] my hands and my feet. 17 All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. 18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.
19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. 20 Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. 21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
c. All of the verses before 22 speak of all that Jesus would endure during Calvary
i. His pain and suffering has made it possible for Him to fully understand us as human beings
ii. Though He didn’t deserve it, He endured it because of His love for us
d. Because of His sacrifice we have been adopted and Jesus calls us brothers and sisters
i. We are children of God
ii. In Verse 13 is from Isaiah 8:17-18
iii. The writer of Hebrews under the inspiration and leading of The Holy Spirit used the parts of 17 and 18 that would point to what Jesus would say about us
iv. Jesus during His earthly ministry fully trusted in His Father
1. He did all things are the direction of The Holy Spirit and only what His Father called Him to do
v. He did all things as a fully flesh and blood human being
vi. John 10:28-30 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
vii. It is Jesus who has given us eternal life
viii. It is Jesus who has given us adoption
ix. It is Jesus who is bringing sons and daughters to glory because He has made a way for us to be free
We must remember the believers here were considering abandoning faith in Christ
The writer of Hebrews is making the case throughout the letter to show how truly foolish it would be to abandon faith in Jesus
Without knowing Christ personally we have nothing
Our righteousness is but filthy rags before the Living God
The only way we can draw near to God is because of Jesus and through Jesus
We are being brought to glory because of Jesus
We are being made holy and sanctified on a daily basis because of Jesus
As we abide in Him, we become more like Him