Wow! What a Savior our Jesus is!
Today’s reading in chapters 2 through 10 of Hebrews is an exhaustive treatment of the nature of Jesus Christ and the nature of His sacrifice for our sins. As I read through this passage, I was overcome with a sense of worship for our Lord Jesus. It seems as though the writer of Hebrews is attempting to get his readers to come away with that same response. He challenges his readers in verse 1 of chapter 3 to “fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess”, and then proceeds to explain what Jesus is like. He uses analogy to compare Jesus to other figures of Israelite history, and his conclusion is that Jesus is better than all of them. He is greater than Moses. He is greater than Aaron. He is greater than the high priest. He is greater than them all.
Instead of me explaining the meaning of these passages, I want to just list a few of the verses that stood out to me, and led me to respond by worshiping and exalting this Jesus who is our great Savior. See if the Lord does not likewise use these descriptions of His Son to elicit a response of worship from you:
2:9 – But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
2:17-18 – 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
4:15 – For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
7:24-25 – 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
9:14 – How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
9:26b-28 – …But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
10:12-14 – 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
What a Savior this Jesus is! What a Christ! He who was before all things, became a sacrifice for undeserving sinners like you and I. Let us worship this King who so willingly offered Himself for us. Is one lifetime spent worshiping this great Messiah enough? No, but may that be what our lives are expended doing…worshiping and glorifying the One who deserves it. May my life (and yours) be poured out as a sacrifice of praise to the One who poured out Himself for us.