Hebrews 2: 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Two words point out something important about Jesus and us. They give us two facts about Jesus Christ.
(1) Everything about Jesus becomes him. It means it suits him the same way a nice outfit suits you. In everything he is and does, it suits him—it becomes him. Not only should it appeal to us, it lets us know what type of person Jesus is. When you believe what he has done, you realize it is who he is. Everything written about Jesus is a truth that helps us know him. He knows us inside out, and we’re invited to know him. If you don’t let Jesus work in your life you miss the opportunity to know him. He is unlike anyone you’ll ever meet. There is more to him than we’ll ever know or be able to experience. One reason we don’t know is that we don’t ask to. We must draw near to him. Paul’s prayer was for us to be filled with the fullness of God.
(2) It behooved Jesus to be made like us. He had to jump into the work of salvation with all his being. He pressed himself to do it because he wanted to. He told the Emmaus disciples it behooved Christ to suffer. No one else could do this terrible thing. It was an unspeakable act that Jesus did because of who he is. We should thank him and want to get closer to him. We should let being a Christian become us. To be a dentist you go to dentist school and learn about teeth. When the education is over you become a dentist. Through the suffering of Jesus on the cross he became Savior. He had to lower himself. We must see Jesus as he is. Verse 9 says he was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
When Jesus became human, he went to the bottom of the creation barrel. Can you say you act sensibly all the time? I can’t. The plant and animal kingdoms work as God ordains, but humans have resisted God and lowered themselves to the lowest low. We’ve fallen apart and need saving. Animals and plants don’t need saving. We do! Jesus stepped down from his glory and became one of us. Verse 16 says for verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. This enabled him to save us.
He saw us in our destabilized and uncivilized condition under threat of judgment in hell. Sinful man goes to hell when he chooses his sins over God. If Jesus had not wanted to do this, we’d be lost forever. His heart moved toward us, and he tasted death for all of us. He suffered temptation, and where we give in, Jesus did not. He became sin and bore them for us—in our stead. We see all sorts of things going on in our lives—“reasons” not to accept Jesus. Quit looking at life and look at Jesus. He tasted death for you. He was wounded for you. He bore your transgressions. Before getting saved you must realize you are lost and need salvation. You must see Jesus. Are you brave enough to look at him and see what he did for you?
Through Adam’s sin we die spiritually and physically. When Adam and Eve sinned, they immediately died spiritually. Years later they died physically. God made them a covering with the skin of animals. They accepted these coats and the sacrifice made to give them. Had they not, they would have died lost. Instead they died in faith looking to the one who would come: Jesus. He suffered. He bore the sins of man. He died. He knew physical death because he bore the wrath of God for us. Believe in him. He is enough. He accomplished salvation. When we trust Jesus Christ, we will be delivered in the hour of death to suffer no more. Instead of waking in a burning hell, we’ll be in glory. This happens all because we choose to trust Jesus Christ for salvation from sin. It is your choice to make.
Verse 14 says he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. It became him not only to be tempted and taste death for us, he took on the devil. Satan realized his mistake after Jesus died. He even tried to cover up the resurrection. Jesus destroyed the hold of the devil; the only victory we’ll ever have over Satan is through Jesus Christ. He has gone and will go to the limits for us if we let him.
Verse 17 says he is a faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. He saw us separated from God. He saw what needed to be done. Reconciliation was needed, and Jesus did what must be done to deliver us and bring us back to God. God is not ashamed to call Jesus his Son and through Jesus he calls us his children. If we don’t see Jesus as the one who came and brought man and God together, we’ll die lost.
Where does it come from? Verse 9 tells us by the grace of God. Remember our lesson from Wednesday night. It’s by the grace of God. It’s by the love he gives. It’s by the mercy he shows. None of us deserve heaven, but Jesus came so we could go to heaven. Verse 12 says I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. His name is being declared today. Shouldn’t we praise him? Verse 13 says and again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Because it became him, because it behooved him, we can put our trust in him.
AGAIN you have the opportunity to trust Jesus. Whatever is going on in your life, you can trust Jesus. Wouldn’t it be great for Jesus to turn to the Father on your behalf? How can you turn down a person like Jesus? Everything about him is what will become us. Through trust in him we succeed. Without him we are failures. Become a believer. Be saved today. Call on him. Christians, if you need your Savior to help you, come to him. Use the relationship you have with him.
It became Jesus. It behooved him. He did all he did for us. Trust him today.