He tasted Death for Everyone
Why did Jesus have to taste death for all of us?
It is only Him who could save us
We must remember that the writer of Hebrews is writing to Jewish Christians who are considering abandoning Jesus
They are considering abandoning the only hope for salvation
Throughout his letter there are times when he brings comfort and there are times when he brings a warning
Any good preacher is called to both comfort and warn
If the only thing we hear is comfort we may become lukewarm and stagnant in our walk with Christ
If the only thing we hear is warning we may become discouraged and believe our walk with Christ is based on performance
But here he will bring comfort
As human beings we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
We have all been created in the image of God
But there is only one hope and one way to Heaven and His name is Jesus
Hebrews 2:5-9 NKJV
5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying:
“What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? 7 You have made him [a]a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, [b]And set him over the works of Your hands. 8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”
For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made [c]a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
We saw in Hebrews chapter 1 verses 5 through 14 that the writer of Hebrews showed how Jesus is greater than the angels
Here he begins to focus on man
1. God’s intention
a. 5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.
b. The angels are not the ones who will rule and reign with Jesus Christ
c. The world to come speaks of the time when Jesus Himself will rule and reign upon the earth
d. Revelation 20:4-6 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for [a]a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
e. This speaks of the Millennial reign of Jesus
f. It is at this time that we will rule and reign with Him
g. In Jewish thought it was believed that the angels may rule over areas of the earth
i. Daniel 10:12-14 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”
h. So some may have come to believe that angels in fact will rule over the earth
2. Man is God’s crown of Creation
a. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? 7 You have made him [a]a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, [b]And set him over the works of Your hands. 8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”
b. This comes from Psalm 8
c. Psalm 8:3-8 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit[c] him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than [d]the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.
d. Man has been created in the image of God
e. When God created Adam, He gave Him authority over creation
f. Genesis 1:26 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
g. It was God’s purpose and design that man would rule
3. Man’s Failure
a. 8b For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
b. When Adam was created he was perfect and without sin
c. When sin entered in man was separated from God and lost the authority he had over creation
d. Genesis 3:17-24 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall [f]bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” 20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve,[g] because she was the mother of all living. 21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
e. Sin caused man to fall
f. Sin caused man to become enslaved to the devil
g. The authority that was given to Adam was stolen by the devil
h. 1 John 3:10 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
i. John 8:44 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
j. Anyone who is separated from God because of sin is a child of the devil
4. God’s answer
a. NIV 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
b. This is the first time the name Jesus is used in Hebrews
c. Jesus stepped into time and fully became man
d. The Holy Spirit came upon Mary
e. Jesus never stopped being God but fully became flesh and blood
f. He is the second Adam
g. 1 Cor 15:45-49 NIV 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[f]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[g] bear the image of the heavenly man.
h. Jesus is known as the second Adam
i. Because of His death and suffering we can be free
j. He has taken the wrath and punishment we deserve
k. He has risen from the dead
l. John 11:20-27 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
m. Martha believed all hope was lost
n. But Jesus demonstrated He is The Christ
o. He is the Messiah
p. He would raise Lazarus from the dead
q. Jesus has overcome death, sin, and the grave
r. He sits at the right hand of the Father
s. But it was only Him who could save humanity
t. We are saved by The grace of God
u. Jesus has tasted death for all of us
v. The word taste in the Greek means taste, experience, partake
w. This is the only way humanity could be saved
If we abandon faith in Christ there is no more hope
He is the only way to heaven
Man is created in the image of God
Man was given authority over creation
Man lost that authority through the fall
But it is only Jesus who can save us
Through faith in Christ alone we are redeemed