JESUS IS NOT ASHAMED TO CALL US BROTHERS AND SISTERS
October 11, 2015
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
A quick review of Hebrews Chapter 1, and 2:1-9
- Chapter 1: Listen to Jesus (Jesus is God)
- Chapter 2:1-4: Pay much closer attention to Jesus (Listen to Jesus)
- Lest we drift away
- Neglect our great salvation
- Chapter 2:5-9: Listen to Jesus (Jesus is a man)
- God will subject the world to come to us.
- We have always had a special value to God.
- What God will give us is not obvious now. We wait.
- BUT now, we do see Jesus who was made one of us (2:9)
- God crowned Jesus with glory and honor while simultaneously pouring out on him His righteous wrath.
- Jesus died so that we would not have to (Grace).
GOD IS BRINGING US TO GLORY.
GOD’S PLAN FOR BRINGING US TO GLORY WAS TO PERFECT JESUS THROUGH SUFFERING.
Jesus’ Crucifixion = Our path to glory
But Crucifixion = cruelty, cursed, loathed, despicable, failure, loss, ineptitude, scum
"Make perfect" does NOT mean:
Develop Jesus’ moral character
Develop Jesus’ goodness, righteousness
It DOES mean: God’s preparing Jesus to be fully equipped for his job, his role, his vocation, his function, as a priest who intercedes on our behalf, as our Savior
Jesus’ sufferings that prepared him to be the founder of our salvation:
- Becoming a human.
- Sharing in challenges of human maturing process.
- Facing temptations we face.
- Being rejected and abused.
- Being falsely accused.
- Being unfairly killed.
JESUS IS THE ONE WHO MAKES OUR SALVATION POSSIBLE.
JESUS IS ONE WITH US. HE IS ONE OF US. HE IS OUR BROTHER.
JESUS IS NOT ASHAMED OF US.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
- How would you summarize 1:1-14?
- How would you summarize 2:1-4?
- How would you summarize 2:5-9?
- What was “fitting” for God to do?
- What does it mean that the founder of our faith was “made perfect through suffering”? In what sense was Jesus made “perfect” through His suffering?
- What does the author mean by “in bringing many sons to glory”?
- Who is “he who sanctifies”? Who are “those who are sanctified”? What does the author mean by their having “one source”?
- Why is Jesus not ashamed to call us “brothers”?
- What is the author trying to convey in each of his 3 Old Testament quotes?
- How would you paraphrase the big idea of 2:10-13?
HOW DOES IT APPLY?
- When were you first introduced to the idea of Jesus’ incarnation, as God becoming a human being?
- How has your understanding of Jesus’ incarnation changed since first being introduced to this miraculous truth?
- How do you feel when you ponder the reality that Jesus is really a human being? How does this reality affect your faith?
- When you consider your relationship with God, does the feeling of shame ever creep in? Why do you think? Do you believe God wants you to live with shame? Why or why not?