Jesus became human so he would become our brother and savior. Jesus knows what it is like to be hurt by people, loved by people, have everything and have nothing. Through his death on the cross he even destroyed death itself.
A. At many sporting events you see a sign held by someone in the crowd with “John 3:16” printed on it. It is a great verse, a theme verse. It is a verse that touches lives. God loves you and that love was seen in the human Jesus.
B. The Psalmist asked a question that the Hebrew writer quotes. “What is man that you are mindful of him or the son of man, that you care for him?” (Ps. 8:4; Heb. 2:5) It is the question people have asked for ages, “Why does God love us?” The answer the Hebrew writer gives, has been stated in many ways throughout scripture. God loves us because He created us and wants us to come home with him for all eternity. But there is a problem. God is holy, pure, and perfect. We are not. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23). We have sin problem, and problem has a consequence that only God can fix.
I. The Sin Problem
A. God placed Adam in a perfect garden to tend it and enjoy it. (READ Gen. 2:15-17) There was one rule that he had to follow. Eve also knew this rule and when the serpent asked her the rules she repeated what we just read. But we also know the rest of the story – she age, gave to Adam and he ate, and sin came to mankind.
B. When Paul wrote to the Romans he reminded them of that terrible consequence. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). I would love to say that the sin problem is not my problem, but it is. Like Adam and every other human being, I grew up with a knowledge of right and wrong and chose to sin. I chose to walk away from the perfection that God placed in me so that I could enjoy what I thought was the pleasure of sin. But when sin was fully grown in me, it brought forth death. I came to a place in my life where God and I were no longer united spiritually, for I was dead in my sin. I had a sin problem and I couldn’t fix it.
II. Jesus, My Redeemer
A. When Jesus talked to Zacchaeus he put it like this, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Paul stated the purpose of Jesus like this, “We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.” (Rom 6:9-10)
B. Why did Jesus take on flesh? Because SIN = DEATH and the only way to beat Satan at his game of killing us was to beat the one thing that has always been in Satan’s favor – death.
C. Let’s look at this from vantage point of our text. READ Heb. 2:9-11. Jesus paid the price for my sin. He, as God in the flesh, redeemed us back from Satan that we could live again in relationship with God.
D. This word “founder” that the Hebrew writer uses, is translated “author” in the NIV and “captain” in the KJV. It means that Jesus became the pioneering trailblazer for you and me. Jesus was the trailblazer of our salvation and he did that by being made complete through his suffering.
III. The Fear of Death
A. Far from being logically inconsistent, the incarnation – God in the flesh – is logically consistent and necessary. You don’t blaze a trail from a place you’ve never been to a place you’ve never left. Jesus came to this earth so that we could share in His glory. Heb. 2:14-15. The only way to beat death was for God to become flesh.
B. Understand, since God became flesh then he would be like us in all ways. He would be able to suffer, and he would be able to be tempted. The very idea of flesh and blood exposes God to weaknesses that Satan could exploit and attack.
C. The family of God was going to be united again like it had not been since the days of Adam and Eve. I love what the writer tells us. It is THROUGH death that Jesus would DESTROY the power of the devil.
D. What is Satan holding over your head right now? We all struggle with sin, some more so than others. Satan knows God’s equation that sin equals death. The one thing Satan has held over me is fear. Fear of death and it has made me a lifelong slave to sin. Satan had me right where he wanted me, but Jesus came along and made Satan ineffective. Satan lost his power when Jesus rose up out of that grave. I have an advocate with the Father. I have one who knows all that I have gone through for he has gone through all of them and more. And my Jesus came out victorious. He came out alive, not dead. Oh, it’s not angels that he helps, but you and me, the offspring of Abraham, the spiritual children.
A. The message of salvation was declared by Jesus himself. Jesus told the crowds in John 8:24 these words, “unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
B. John ends his gospel by telling why he wrote it, “But these things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may life in his name.” (John 20:31)
C. As Jesus hung on that cross the rulers scoffed at him saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” Let me tell you what kept Jesus on that cross – YOU! You and Me! He stayed on that cross because it was only through death that he would destroy the bonds of sin. That is why he stayed there. Through death he destroyed death.
D. Thank God for the cross. Thank God for the empty tomb. Thank God for coming to this earth and taking upon flesh and calling us brothers and sisters. Thank God for doing the spiritual math and taking both my sin and my death upon himself.
C. Let me read the last of our text. Heb. 2:17-18. He came to show me a way out of sin. He came to reconcile me back to him. I am a child of God. Saved by the blood. I hope you are too. If we can encourage your spiritual walk with our brother Jesus, come as we stand and sing.