The Book of Hebrews – Jesus was Tested

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“Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews 2:18 Jesus was tested while on earth. He was tempted by Satan at every turn. When Jesus had spent forty days and nights in the wilderness Satan came to Him and tried to tempt Him into sin, but Jesus always had the right response. He used the scripture to defeat Satan; it was always, “No! the Scripture says.” Satan was tempting Jesus the entire time that Jesus was on earth. All Satan needed was for Jesus to sin once and Satan would have had the victory. Jesus had an understanding of the scripture and He knew that Satan was a liar. Why did Jesus go through all of these trials and testing? It was for us. He wanted to know about the temptations that we would suffer here on earth. Jesus wanted to be a faithful High Priest in all things related to God. Jesus wanted to know about all of our troubles and trials so that He could help us as we walk with God here on earth. To me this means so much, I have a problem someone telling me what I should feel when they have never walked in my shoes, but Jesus has walked in our shoes so that He can help us in all that we endure. “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of […]

The Book of Hebrews – Jesus is Our High Priest

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“Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.” Hebrews 2:17 Jesus entered into humanity as a man. “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8) He did this to give us a helping hand. He saw we were powerless to help ourselves because sin and its effect had completely destroyed us. For this reason, he became a man, being made like us in every way to destroy the power that held us captive and in bondage to Satan’s kingdom. In doing this He accomplished two things, first He was able to empathize with us which is very important when you hold the title of High Priest and secondly, He was able to make atonement for our sins. Jesus’ role as our High Priest is to make intercession for us and give us access to God. Since he both cleanses and empathizes with us we know that we can approach God with confidence. What we will find is mercy and grace no matter what the circumstances are. Jesus makes this possible. And since He has risen from the dead, conquering death, we know that this promise is secure. This is why Jesus came as a man. It was essential that He be made like us in every way so […]

The Book of Hebrews – Jesus Came to Help Us

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“We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham.” Hebrews 2:16 Jesus did not take on Himself the nature of angels in order to save fallen angels. “For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.” (2 Peter 2:4) “Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven.  This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.” (Revelations 12:7-9) Instead, Jesus stooped lower than the angels to become a man. And not just any man in general, but He became a Jew, a part of the seed of Abraham. The Jews were a despised and hated race, and yet our Lord came as a Jew. He came to save us and to show us how much God loves us. This was God’s plan from the beginning that He would send His Son to bring us back into a relationship with Him. The entire Bible is the story of God’s plan for redemption. “God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.” (Ephesian 1:9-11) I rejoice […]

The Book of Hebrews – Jesus Won Over Satan

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“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” Hebrews 2:14-15 It may not look like it sometimes in this evil world that we live in, but Jesus Christ destroyed Satan. Jesus Christ destroyed Satan in such a way that Satan can no longer do ultimate spiritual damage to God’s people. “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) While Satan continues to prowl about, he prowls with a limp. He has been stripped of his most destructive weapons. His lies that he tells to God’s people has no power over us. “For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) We must take Satan seriously. He delights in perverting the gospel and preventing it from being preached. We need to be grounded in God’s Word so that Satan cannot lead us away from the truth of the gospel. “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are […]

The Book of Hebrews – Jesus Won Over Death

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“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” Hebrews 2:14-15 We are constantly running around, so tirelessly consumed with day to day tasks that we seldom stop to meditate on some more sobering aspects of life, like death. During this pandemic I hope you have looked at some of the things in life that we need to be aware of. We need to be aware of death. There is no way that we are going to get away from death. It will happen to all of us. Jesus came to earth to defeat two things, death and Satan. I will write about Satan in the next devotion. I want to now write about death. We all are fearful of death. Death is one of the great unknowns. Nobody really knows what happens at death. I don’t want to die, but I know that because of Jesus Christ I will spend eternity in heaven. “So, we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8) I know this is true, because in my life God has proven Himself over and over again. Jesus shared in humanity to destroy death and the one who […]

The Book of Hebrews – We are Family

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“So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. For he said to God, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people.” He also said, “I will put my trust in him,” that is, “I and the children God has given me.” Hebrews 2:11-13 I am part of the most wonderful family, the family of God. I have accepted Jesus Christ into my life and this makes me a brother to Jesus. I am getting older and as we get older, we lose our family members. I lost my father and mother years ago and just a few years ago I lost my brother. It is so hard to lose our earthly family, but we need to realize that we will see them again and we are part of God’s family. Christ is united to us, and we are united to Him. We are spiritually one. We are His brother and sisters. We share the same nature and belong to the same family that Jesus Christ belongs to. If Jesus Christ had not come to earth and become man, He could not take us from earth to share His glory. The incarnation, crucifixion, and the resurrection must go together. They all lead to glory. When I think about being in the same family as Jesus I am overcome with gratitude. It has nothing to do with who I am, but rather everything to do with who Jesus is. He is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters in the presence of God and He willingly reveals the Father’s love to us every day of our lives. What a wonderful Savior!

The Book of Hebrews – The Only Way

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“What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.” Hebrews 2:9-10 Many assume that sin is what sends a person to hell. But sin has been paid for by Jesus, therefore the only thing that condemns a person is rejecting the payment for sin. Jesus was the payment. God provided the way in Jesus so to reject Him you are rejecting the only way for salvation. This is a hard truth for some who look for multiple ways to heaven, but Jesus is the only one who tasted death in our place so we could be completely forgiven and righteous before God. God didn’t see the need to provide a different way when he started with the perfect way. The most amazing thing about Jesus is the abundant life He offers to us. It is not just about getting to heaven as the end goal, it is certainly a plus, but it is about experiencing Him in this life. To have this abundant life all we have to do is repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ into our heart. This is the only way to heaven and to have the abundant life here on earth.  When Satan brings accusation against us before God, we have Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father giving our defense. Jesus knows all that we are […]

The Book of Hebrews – The Rest of the Story

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“And furthermore, it is not angels who will control the future world we are talking about.  For in one place the Scriptures say, “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, or a son of man that you should care for him? Yet for a little while you made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them authority over all things.” Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority.” Hebrews 2:5-8 I have so many questions that I would like for God to answer. One of my questions is why is there evil in the world and why does God allow evil in His world? If we are going to answer this question, we must know the rest of the story. This story starts with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. When we ask how God can allow such suffering to take place, we are blaming God for our mess. We want to blame God for this pandemic that we are going through. He’s not at fault. He allows things to happen just as we see in the story of Job. In the garden God gave complete authority and control of creation to Adam. “Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26) Then when Adam sinned, he gave up his control to Satan. Even with Adam’s sin and him losing control of the world, God had a plan. God knew […]

The Book of Hebrews – Signs and Wonders

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“And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.” Hebrews 2:4 The person and work of Jesus Christ was testified by God with signs and wonders when He was on earth. Then the signs and wonders continued with the apostles when Jesus returned to heaven. This was giving more proof that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. “A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.” (Acts 2:43) Many Christians, while rightly affirming the historicity of God’s miraculous works, misunderstand their purpose. The author of Hebrews reminds us that miracles do not exist for their own sake. They do not ultimately point to themselves. Instead, miracles attest to show us God’s works in redemptive history. In the New Testament, miracles attest and confirm the truth about the identity and work of Jesus Christ. Today we still see signs and wonders attesting to the truth of the gospel. The gifts of the Holy Spirit attest to the truthfulness of the gospel and its superiority over the message delivered by angels. The author of Hebrews again helps us with our misconception about why spiritual gifts exist. Spiritual gifts are not an end in themselves to be used for our personal, private enjoyment. Spiritual gifts edify the church and testify that Jesus Christ is Lord. Gifts within the church, bear witness to Jesus Christ and the resurrected Lord and to the superiority of the new covenant over the old. “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those […]

The Book of Hebrews – Heed the Word

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“So, we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished.  So, what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?” Hebrews 2:1-3 Hebrews 1 establishes the superiority of Christ over angels. In the Old Testament we see that the angels were the messengers of God. They gave God’s message to the world. The angels came with such power and authority that the recipients were often nearly frightened to death. Given the superiority of Jesus Christ over the angels, being the Son of God, Jesus demands and deserves to be heard. We must heed the Word and listen to what Jesus Christ is telling us. Yes, God’s angels are important, but Jesus Christ is the one that came and paid the price for our salvation. The language of drifting conveys nautical imagery. In the ocean, those who row in the wrong direction are not only the ones who fail to reach their destination; it is also those who do not row at all. There are only two options in the Christian life, we can either sail forward in our walk with God or we can drift backward in faithlessness. There is no such thing as standing still in the Christian life. So many times, when we start to drift in our walk with God, we don’t know that we are drifting. Our souls can veer almost off course in moments. You do not need to be far off course before we can lose our […]