Summary: Taking a military analogy off of the word "Captain," this sermon discusses the courage and bravery that Jesus displayed and the respect we should accord Him

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Big Idea: Jesus earned the right to be called our Captain by his courage under fire.

- Hebrews 2:10.

- Jesus is called the “captain of our salvation” in this verse and I want this morning to pursue the military analogy that that puts forward.

- “Captain” is the Greek word “archegos” which means “pioneer, leader, author, the first one to lead the way.”

- Those who have served in the military will tell you that there is a world of difference between being under the command of some green lieutenant who only has book knowledge and an unsubstantiated amount of confidence compared to an officer who has been in the firefights and has displayed courage under fire.

- There was some question (and I’ll use an example from each party) about both Bill Clinton and George Bush serving as Commander-in-Chief when neither of them had served in war. In comparison, just to cite the most obvious example among our current crop of presidential contenders, no one would ever dispute the courage under fire that John McCain displayed in war. (That’s not an endorsement of McCain, just an observation.)

- Before Jesus, “brave” wasn’t a word you associated with God. Before Jesus, “courageous” wasn’t a word you associated with God.

- “Glorious?” Sure. “Omnipotent?” Yes. “Wise?” Absolutely. “Beautiful?” No doubt.

- But “brave?” When had God ever had a situation in which He had to show bravery?

- “Courage?” When had God ever had a situation in this He had to be courageous?

- But Jesus has earned our respect by being brave and courageous in the face of horrific spiritual warfare.

- The word “perfect” is interesting here.

- Is the Bible saying that Jesus was not sinless? No. Is the Bible saying that Jesus was imperfect because He wasn’t fully God? No.

- Jesus was perfect in sinlessness and righteousness. But Jesus, before He came to earth, could not be fully sympathetic to our plight as humans because, as God, He had never experienced what it was like to be a human. Certainly He was our creator and knew all about us, but, still, He had not experienced what it was like to be a human.

- Jesus coming to earth allowed Him the opportunity to display His courage and to increase His sympathy for us by experiencing what we experience.

- The perfection here is not in comparison to imperfection, but in comparison to incompleteness.

- It’s one thing for me to know some facts about China. It’s another for me to go and visit for a couple weeks to get the flavor of the place. But it is another thing entirely for me to go and live in China for the next thirty years of my life. To live with the Chinese and to experience what they experience.

- This is important to understand because it ties directly into one of the ways that many people view God.

- People think, “Does God understand the battles I face everyday?” People wonder, “What does God know about the difficulties I face trying to do what’s right?”

- The answer is that, in Jesus, He fully understands our battles and our difficulties.

- In Jesus, we now have a God who has gone through what we go through. He knows what we go through.

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