Hebrews 2: 10-18

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”

And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again he says,

“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives are held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 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. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

A Thought

Death is separation from God brought on by sin, the disobedience to God. Jesus the Christ came to earth in a body of flesh and blood to destroy the power and fear of death. Jesus Christ was able to declare and to completely fulfill this service to God that had not been accomplished by angels, Moses, the law or the high priests. Christ was tempted, tried and suffered in every way that mankind is subject to but without sin; therefore, Christ became our merciful and faithful high priest making atonement (reconciliation of God and mankind) possible to all who will believe. We can all be brothers and sisters together with Christ Jesus.

Our Prayer

Father thank you for sending you son to suffer and die as our sacrifice for sin. Help us to hold the truth that Jesus brought to your people about your love and mercy for us. Help us to declare this truth to our families and to all the people with singing and praises. Thank you that we do not have to be held in slavery by the fear of death. We ask by the power of Jesus Christ, amen.