Jesus: Perfect Man
The Word, God-the-Son, the second person of the Trinity became a man around 2000 years ago and took the name, "Jesus." Why did he become a man? There are several ways to answer, and lots(!) of implications for the fact.
Hebrews 2:14 answers: "[Jesus] himself likewise partook of the same things [namely, flesh and blood] that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery."
Hebrews 2:17 goes on to answer that Jesus was "made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people."
Throughout the book of Hebrews we see lots of implications related to this fact - that Jesus became man, and was/is a perfect man, and is the high priest of his people and made propitition for our sins. Here's a sampling:
- Jesus tasted death for us (2:9)
- Jesus destroys the devil and delivers us from fear of judgment (2:14-15)
- Jesus makes propitiation for us (2:17)
- Jesus is over the church as God's house (3:6)
- Jesus makes it possible for us to enter rest (4:3)
- Jesus makes it possible for us to enjoy God's mercy and grace (4:16)
- Jesus is the source of our eternal salvation (5:9)
- Jesus is the gaurantor of the New Covenant (5:22)
- Jesus saves us and we can draw near to God through him (5:25)
- Jesus interceds for us (5:25)
- Jesus sacrificed himself for our sins (5:27)
- Jesus secures our eternal redemption (9:12)
- Jesus purifies our conscience from dead works (9:14)
- Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant, mediating our eternal inheritance (9:15)
- Jesus appears before God on our behalf (9:24)
- Jesus bore our sins and is returning to save those who are eagerly waiting for him (9:28)
- Jesus sanctifies us by the offering of his body (10:10, 13:12)
- Jesus perfects us by his offering (10:14)
- Jesus is the last offering for our sin (10:18)
- Jesus opened a new way for us to enter Heaven, namely his flesh and blood (10:19-20)
- God works what is pleasing to him in us through Jesus (13:21)
Jesus is both God and man, the God-Man; and as such he si teh one and only mediator between God and man. Rejoice.
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