Daily passage and reflection
Tuesday 18th May
We’re spending some days looking at what we are shown about Jesus in the book of Hebrews. It’s a part of the Bible which many Christians never read, and it can be quite chewy going in places, but there are wonderful treasures in it, and it can help us to grasp all sorts of good things about our Lord.
It is not to angels that [God] has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified:
“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honour and put everything under their feet.”
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
Jesus is humanity’s representative. In him, God took linked himself to all human life. So our writer says that Jesus ‘tasted death for everyone’. He doesn’t mean that Jesus just nibbled at death to get an idea of what it was like – he swallowed it down, on our behalf! Death is now not the end for those who put their faith in Jesus.
Also, as our representative, he lived the perfect life which we cannot do. As a result of that and of his obedience unto death, he has now received glory and honour. That is what God wants for each of us: all humanity is designed to share God’s glory, which is what the quote from Psalm 8 in the middle of the passage means.
At the moment we are so divided from him by sin that we are not in that position. Some will never enjoy it. But all who put their lives in the care of Jesus will benefit from his victory over death, and will share honour and glory with him in the world yet to come.
Lord Jesus, we give you thanks and praise that you have lived the perfect life which we cannot manage, and endured death for us to open the way for us to share your glory. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on you, and so to treasure all that you have done for us that we shape our lives in the way of your kingdom, until the day comes when we are united with you for ever. Amen.