Summary: Though we do not have a photo of Jesus, but in these verses we have several word pictures that describe just who the man Jesus really is.
On one occasion certain Greeks approached one of the twelve disciples and said, "Sir, We would see Jesus." Certainly that ought to be the desire of every one of us as we gather to worship our Lord. As the song says, "Open my eyes Lord, I want to see Jesus...." May that be our prayer as we gather in the Lord’s name today. How do you see Jesus today? As a great teacher? A great religious leader? A prophet? A miracle worker?
Hebrews 1:4 “Having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name that they.“ Hebrews 2:9: “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels…. “
Do these verses contradict each other? By no means. The emphasis in chapter one is on the deity of Christ while the emphasis in chapter two is upon the humanity of Christ. Several verses in chapter two, point out the humanity of Jesus. Note the references in 2:9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17. John’s gospel proclaims, “The word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
The key phrase that I want us to examine is in verse 9, "But we see Jesus...." Then he spends the rest of the chapter, even the letter, showing us, how we should see Jesus. Though we do not have a photo of Jesus, but in these verses we have several word pictures that describe just who the man Jesus really is.
I. WE SEE JESUS AS OUR SAVIOR (V. 10)
In verse 10 Jesus is described as the author (pioneer, captain) of our salvation. By the grace of God, Jesus, the complete Man, is able to restore us to the place of glory and honor that God created us for. For this to happen, we must be “in Christ” through faith in His atoning work.
A. THE PURPOSE OF OUR SALVATION: "For whom/by whom are all things in bringing many sons to glory." In Jesus, we are bound for glory. After all, this world is not our home, we’re just passing through. This life is just the beginning.
B. THE PRICE OF OUR SALVATION: Perfect - complete, Salvation is made complete through the suffering of Christ. Verse 9, tells us that Jesus "By the grace of God tasted death for everyone." The word "for" speaks of the SUBSTITUTIONARY SACRIFICE of Jesus on the cross. The CROSS must ever be central in all that we do and say as the church of Jesus Christ. The Blood of Christ and the Cross of Christ are ever at the heart of our faith. Take away the blood and the cross of Jesus and you have no gospel, no salvation, and no hope.
II. WE SEE JESUS AS OUR SANCTIFIER. (VV 11-13)
Jesus is the one who sanctifies, or makes us holy. Believers are the one’s being sanctified, or made holy. To sanctify, or to make holy means to be set apart. Our Lord sets us apart as to the service of God. Who are the sanctified ones?
A. THEY ARE BROTHERS OF THE SON: Jesus is presented as our elder brother. He is not ashamed to call us His brothers. The Bible uses several terms to describe the relationship of Jesus with believers. Disciples, servants, friends, brothers, etc. Brothers is a family term. Our Lord sets us apart as members of His own family, His brothers and sisters.
B. THEY ARE CHILDREN OF THE FATHER: Think of it, in a real way, you and I are children of God. What a special relationship we have with the Almighty God. I’m a child of the King.
III. WE SEE JESUS AS OUR DELIVERER:(VV 14-15)
We believers are partakers with Jesus Christ. Our position is IN CHRIST. We share in the accomplishments of the cross. Through His atoning sacrifice on the cross of Calvary Jesus:
A. ACCOMPLISHED THE DEFEAT OF THE DEVIL: "That through death He might destroy him who has the power of death, that is the Devil." The word translated “destroy” does not mean annihilation, nor has Satan been destroyed in that since. The word means “to make inoperative” or “ineffective.” Through the resurrection from the dead, Jesus broke the hold Satan had over us. When man yielded to the Devil, sin entered into the human experience and death by sin. Briefly we need to know several things about the devil. He is real. He is powerful. He is deceptive. He is dangerous, but praise God he is defeated.
B. DELIVERED US FROM THE FEAR OF DEATH: The word “deliver” means to change from or to free from bondage. Men are slaves to the fear of death, but Christ has removed death’s sting. Death is a universal enemy. Everyone of us have been touched by it or soon will be. A parent, a grandparent, a mate, a child, a friend. Death is an enemy. It will be the last enemy to be destroyed. Death is fearful. Even believers shy away from it. We are ready to meet the Lord, but we also have a purpose for this life.