Recently, while reading Hebrews 2, from the KJV, the words of our title from verse 9, caught my attention. Though similar wording is found in verse 7, where the pronoun him is used, in verse 9, the name of Jesus is used, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
To meet the Holy Spirit’s requirements of this passage, his current state, with God and the Holy Spirit, has to be changed, to position him, to taste death for every man.
Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the penman of Hebrews, to help the reader perceive the exalted position of Jesus; Angels were used, due to their intermediate position, above man but yet below God.
In Jesus, willingly subjecting himself to the requirements of God in this passage, he was afterwards restored to the previous spiritual realm from whence he’d come, but now to an even great position in which he was crowned with glory and honour.
John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved” John 21:20, penned, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” John 1:1-3, the Word is humanized in verse 14, having reference to Jesus. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” 1 John 5:7. “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” Col. 1: 15-18.
Deity’s mode of entry for Jesus into the world, was given through the messianic prophet, Isaiah, over seven hundred years earlier, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” Isa. 7:14, “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” Matt. 1:20-23.
Text wise, very little is said, about Jesus from birth to age 30, but what has, substance wise, is very remarkable indeed. There was a just and devout man in Jerusalem, named Simeon, who was waiting for the consolation of Israel, the Holy Ghost was upon him, he came by the Spirit into the temple, where Joseph and Mary had brought in Jesus after the custom of the law. Simeon took him in his arms, and blessed him, now my eyes have seen thy salvation, which had been prepared before the face of all the people, as a light to the Gentiles and to the glory of thy people Israel Luke 2:25-32.
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him” verse 40. And at 12, Jesus was found in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing and asking questions, they that heard were astonished at his understanding and answers, and when found by Mary and Joseph, in expressing their parental concerns to him, the reason can be found in Luke 2:41-45, he simply answered them, “I must be about my Father’s business?” They were perplexed at his words, but his mother, kept all these sayings in her heart” and Jesus increased in wisdom and statue, and in favour with God and man verses 47-52.
Because of Mary’s heartfelt reaction, to what Jesus had said, reminded me of the caption found on two small plaques, positioned in the kitchen window, “A Mothers love is a special thing”, and “Through the laughter and the tears, Mothers are forever. “
In part 2, we’ll pick up, when Jesus was 30 years of age, coming to be baptized of John the immerser and proceed from there.
Don Craven is a member of the McArthur Heights church of Christ and can be reached at email@example.com .