Hebrews 2:10-18

In this sermon (originally prepared for a service prior to Christmas) I explore how Christ’s identification with us as fully human is critical to his work of redemption. By becoming one of us in all things (except for sin) he could then serve as a high priest making atonement for the sins of others. He thereby fulfils the covenant made with Abraham, so that just as Abraham was faithful, so too Christ was faithful, and we in being incorporated into him can also be faithful to God.

Sermon: Hebrews 2 10-18

Hebrews 2:5-9

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews continues by arguing that it is not the angels who are heirs of salvation, but human beings. While we are now seen to be lower than the angels, when the redemption of all things is accomplished, the age to come will be subject to human beings not to angels. It is not angels which Christ came to save, but human beings, and as a result of Christ being invested with authority over all things, human beings also have authority in Christ even over the angels.

Sermon: Hebrews 2 5-9

 

Hebrews 2:1-4

In this section of the Letter to the Hebrews, the author compares the salvation and the revelation which as come through Christ with that which was revealed through angels in times past. He argues that if there was a penalty for disobedience to the word coming through angels (including the Torah given to Moses) then how much more so will there be a penalty for disobeying the word coming through the Son. He also stresses that there can be no further word which supersedes that which came through the Son – he is the last and greatest of the prophets.

Sermon: Hebrews 2 1-4

Hebrews 1:4-14

In this section of Hebrews, Christ is compared to the angels, and we see how much better he is than the angels. The task he was given was more than that given to angels – he was “anointed” (the meaning of Christ or Messiah) to be the redeemer of all creation. For God did not send his Son merely to save a few human beings from hell: he sent him to redeem the whole of creation, infected and distorted by sin, so that all things – ALL THINGS – might be subject again to God.

Sermon: Hebrews 1 4-14