1So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. 2For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. 3So 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?
The above warning is quite clear. It is to stress to those that have experienced God's salvation that they not become careless and the commitment required by a personal relationship with God. The word for "drift away" in Greek is pararreo. The mental picture here is of a ship drifting past a safe harbor and continuing until is reaches a point where it wrecks. Take this warning seriously to avoid falling into the "drift". Do not neglect or ignore the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Verse 3 asks a very serious question, what makes you think you can ignore your salvation? This was a gift given by Jesus first hand and validated by God himself by sending us the Holy Spirit.
4And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.Jesus, the Man 5And furthermore, it is not angels who will control the future world we are talking about. 6For 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? 7Yet you made them only a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
We are told again in verse 4 that God confirmed his message of salvation by showing us various signs and wonders and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is undeniable of we just look around and see what he has done through us and our salvation. The writer goes on to make sure we are aware that it is not the angels that are being spoken of. He quotes scripture, Psalms 8:4-6 to be exact. It is truly amazing to see the prophesy of the old testament fulfilled and quoted when speaking of Jesus Christ who died for us.
8You 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.
Verse 8 can be a tough one. "all things" is not merely humankind. In this world, there is Satan, sin and death. So having authority over "all things" would include this. We have not seen this completely yet, as it has not been fully fulfilled. We have the power to defeat these things because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but it will be by His second coming that we will see a completion of His authority over "all things". What a glorious day that will be.
9What we do see is Jesus, who 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.
Interesting words, "tasted death". Jesus suffered and was humiliated and it was His personal sacrifice that paid the price for all of us. I think he only tasted death because he overcame it, he did not allow it to be digested in who he was. By rising again and through the resurrection, death was no more. It very clearly states that he tasted death for everyone, but not everyone will accept His invitation and many will pass up a personal relationship with Jesus. Because of that, those people will not only taste death, but they will swallow it and digest it.
10God, 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.
As children of God who need his glory, we need a leader. Jesus was made perfect so that we could be led to perfection. He was the perfect Son, that became the perfect Savior through his suffering. Suffering and death qualified Him to represent all humanity. He was the only one worthy to take on the full penalty of sin for all people. That in and of itself makes Him our perfect leader and we should allow him to lead us into our salvation.
11So 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.
Wow, Jesus makes us holy! This means we have been rescued, saved, liberated and restored. Holy means to be set apart. We are set apart from evil and dedicated to God's purposes. Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters, we are the ultimate family.
12For he said to God,“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.I will praise you among your assembled people.”13He also said,“I will put my trust in him,”that is, “I and the children God has given me.”14Because 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. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.
Because Jesus came to save us and we are flesh and blood, he had to come as flesh and blood. He was fully man and fully God but he says that he is putting His trust along with all of us (we are his children) into God's hands. He couldn't die for us if he couldn't die. So he had to become one of us. Such a paradox. He trusted the Father to make him a human so that he could call us brother and sister. So that he could feel our pain and our sin and then to take it all upon himself and to die a horrid human death. All this to break the power of the devil, who was up until that time, given the power over death. I am so humbled and filled with love over this concept. He has set us free from death, all we have to do is accept Him into our hearts.
16We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham.
We know from verse 16 that he came to help humans as that is who Abraham's descendants are. They are not the angles. He did not come for the angles, they are a whole separate creation by God
17Therefore, 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.
Jesus as our High Priest, presenting himself as a sacrifice for the atonement of our sins. It sounds like something right out of the Old Testament. However, this is so much more, he was like in in all respects, not he would not just offer a sacrifice, He would become one. Not to ask for forgiveness for a specific people or a specific deed, but to become the ultimate sacrifice for the forgiveness of all sin for all mankind.
18Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Because of all that Christ himself has gone through, how could he not be able to empathize with anything we are going through. He understands any and all tests and trials that we might endure and He is there for us to reach out to Him.