Hebrews 2:9-18 (NLT)
9 What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. 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.”
V10-18, At least four reasons why the Son of God became human are implied in this passage. First, it was only right: It is consistent with what we know of God’s character that he would accomplish salvation in this way (2:10). Second, Jesus had to become human to die (2:14). Third, high priests, as detailed in the OT law, had to come from among God’s people (2:17). Fourth, Jesus became a sympathetic priest, experiencing the suffering and testing we know as humans (2:18).
V9, However, when the Son of Man returns to reign over the earth, man’s dominion will be restored. Jesus, as Man, will restore what Adam lost, and more besides. So while we do not see everything under man’s control at the present time, we do see Jesus, and in Him we find the key to man’s eventual rule over the earth.
For a little while, He was made lower than the angels, specifically, for the thirty-three years of His earthly ministry. His descent from heaven to Bethlehem, to Gethsemane, to Gabbatha, to Golgotha, and to the tomb, mark the stages in His humiliation. But now He is crowned with glory and honor. His exaltation is a result of His suffering and death; the cross led to the crown.
God’s gracious purpose in it all was that Christ might taste death for everyone. The Savior died as our Representative and as our Substitute; that is, He died as man and He died for man. He bore in His body on the cross all God’s judgment against sin so that those who believe on Him will never have to bear it.
V9, Jesus now crowned with glory and honor. Ps 8 is here applied to Jesus in particular. As forerunner of humanity’s restored dominion over the earth, he was made lower than the angels for a while but is now crowned with glory and honor at God’s right hand. By his perfect life, his death on the cross and his exaltation, he has made possible for redeemed humanity the ultimate fulfillment of Ps 8 in the future kingdom.
V10, The Greek word for Leader means “captain” or “originator” or “founder” The word describes a pioneer or pathfinder. Jesus’ endurance of sufferings on this earth makes Him our leader. He has already experienced the sufferings we must go through on this earth. He not only endured them but triumphed over sin, death, and Satan through them. His sinless life has blazed a path to God, a path we must follow. Jesus is our model, our leader, and our captain. He understands our pain because He Himself went through suffering. Salvation refers to our future salvation, our glorification in Christ’s coming kingdom
V11, The next three verses emphasize the perfection of Jesus’ humanity. If He is going to regain the dominion which Adam lost, then it must be demonstrated that He is true Man.
First, the fact is stated: For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, that is, they are all possessors of humanity. Or, “. . .have all one origin” (RSV), meaning that in their humanity, they all have one God and Father.
Christ is the One who sanctifies, that is, He sets apart or separates men to God from the world. Blessed are all those whom He thus sets apart!
A sanctified person or thing is one set apart from ordinary uses to be for God’s own possession, use, and enjoyment. The opposite of sanctification is profanation.
Read v13 again. Jesus said, both Him and us (Christians), will trust in God. What does that look like to you – trusting God? If there are areas in your life where you don’t fully trust God, ask Him to help you trust better.