Hebrews 2:5-9 – Why the Cross?

bowing down at the cross with lights behind the cross

Read Hebrews 2:5-9

The Preacher shifts our thinking here about Jesus. While Jesus is still all the wonderful things he was lauded for in the first chapter, we see how Jesus’ humanity stripped him of the full expression of that momentarily. Some people will ask, if Jesus was God, why did he let himself be killed? Others may say, how can God die?

Why the cross? That seems like the next question. Such a brutal way to die.“[B]ecause he suffered death for us, he is now ‘crowned with glory and honor.’ Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.” Jesus has gone before us. He not only experienced what it was like to live as a human, but also to die as one. Yet when Jesus died, he conquered death!

Jesus had to suffer on the cross so that when we die, we can live with him forever. Everlasting life is our precious gift, bought for us with Jesus’ precious blood. How does that make you feel? Is that a truth you often take for granted? Take some time today to really meditate on the fact Jesus died for you.

How else does this passage speak to you? Psalm 8 is the Old Testament revelation the Preacher used as his reference to Jesus. “What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels.” We, as “mere mortals” are a little lower than the angels. We can be in awe of Jesus because he chose to become mortal for us! His victory was necessary for our redemption.

When I think of Jesus coming to earth, humbling himself to be human, I recall a story my pastor husband, David told in a sermon one Christmas Eve. You can listen HERE. I’ve used this example before because it’s just that powerful of an illustration.

The miracle of Jesus becoming human coupled with the power of his resurrection are critical to our faith journey. The third and crucial part will be Jesus’ return. One that day, the final victory won on the cross will be made fully visible to all. How great it will be when all bow to King Jesus! That day is coming. Are you ready?

colorful animation of prayer hands and hearts and flowers

Let’s pray. Lord, I am amazed at your love for us. You knew the best thing was to come to be one of us. You sent your only Son. May I be aware of your presence guiding me. Forgive me when I try to do it all on my own. I want to be ready for your return. Thank you for the blessings you have given me and the individuals you bring into my life each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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