Summary: Exposition of Heb 2:5-8 regarding Christ and the gospel
Text: Hebrews 2:5-9, Title: Eating Death, Date/Place: NRBC, 8/22/10,
A. Opening illustration:
B. Background to passage: the writer/author is continuing with his argument about the superiority of Christ over angels, almost like the warning passage was a parenthetical statement. And we get a little more insight into the incarnation of Christ as the writer compares it to mankind and his position in Creation from Psalm 8. He is transitioning from the position of Jesus to the Person and Work of Jesus in the next few paragraphs.
C. Main thought: musing on the incarnation of Jesus.
A. Made Lower Than Angels (v. 7, 9)
1. The writer compares man and Christ. Quoting from Psa 8:4-6 (read it), he reminds them of David’s words about the place of man in relation to God and His creation. He says that man is a little lower than the angels, refering to the fact that angels are heavenly, and man is earthly for now, not to the image of God which men bear, and angels don’t. The implication of the Greek is not only “a little” but “a little while,” so this making of a lower rank than angels for man and Christ is temporary lot; for man will one day judge angels, and Christ is the King of the angels, and will receive their worship. But the writer says the same thing applies to Jesus. He was temporarily made lower than the angels. He disrobed of his external manifestation of divine glory, and took on (an addition, not a subtration) human flesh, and dwelled among us. And for a time is in functional subjection to the Father. This understanding will be expounded on in the next paragraph. He wants to remind the Heb of this
2. Psa 8:4-6, Philip 2:5-8, John 1:14,
3. Illustration: “The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding.” - Martin Luther, Light of the World, You stepped out into darkness…Humbly you came to the earth you created, all for love’s sake became poor…
4. Our redemption lies upon this great truth. If Jesus was not fully man then His obedience as the representative head for our race is invalid (we are all still under Adam), His sacrificial atonement on the cross doesn’t count for us either because He was not a sufficient substitute for us, He cannot mediate between us and God, He can’t be our example, He can’t identify with us in sorrow or temptation, He can’t fulfill the role of a High Priest, His body can’t be like ours in heaven, nor can He exist in that way with us for eternity. If Jesus was not fully God then He couldn’t bear an infinite amount of sin in a three hour span, Salvation would come through man and not God, then He was a liar, the bible is false, and again He could not be a mediator. And if either of those to things are true our salvation is a farce, and we are still in our sins, and will perish, and of all men are most miserable, because we are wasting our time on a lie, denying ourselves for nothing, . If you believe that he was anything other than these two things, than you believe in the wrong Jesus, one of your own design. And your eternal destiny is damnation, and not heaven. Oh, but if this Jesus is the God-Man…