Intro: In our passage today, we are reminded why Jesus had to become human. Jesus was not by nature flesh and blood. While on earth, Jesus subjected himself to temptation because he wanted to be able to understand and sympathize with his human family. Our Lord felt the pressure of temptation, just like you and me…yet, he resisted it. He chose to put on flesh, so he could pay the penalty for the sins of our flesh, as well as defeat Satan and his power over death. So, Jesus came to die in order to bring us salvation; that was his purpose and how he would redeem his children. He came to put on humanity, so we could put on divinity and become the Father’s sons and daughters. Let the Holy Spirit lead you, today.
Hebrews 2:10-18 NLT
10 God, 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.
11 So 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. 12 For he said to God,
“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.
I will praise you among your assembled people.”
13 He also said,
“I will put my trust in him,”
that is, “I and the children God has given me.”
14 Because 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.
16 We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore, 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. 18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for understanding me and my needs. You are always there to help me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.