Read Hebrews 1:1-4 & 2:5-12
1 In the past, God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. 3He reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for human sins, he sat down in heaven at the right-hand side of God, the Supreme Power.
4 The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs.
5 God has not placed the angels as rulers over the new world to come—the world of which we speak. 6Instead, as it is said somewhere in the Scriptures:
“What are human beings, O God, that you should think of them;
mere human beings, that you should care for them?
7You made them for a little while lower than the angels;
you crowned them with glory and honour,c
8and made them rulers over all things.”
It says that God made them “rulers over all things”; this clearly includes everything. We do not, however, see human beings ruling over all things now. 9But we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, so that through God’s grace he should die for everyone. We see him now crowned with glory and honour because of the death he suffered. 10It was only right that God, who creates and preserves all things, should make Jesus perfect through suffering, in order to bring many children to share his glory. For Jesus is the one who leads them to salvation.
11 He purifies people from their sins, and both he and those who are made pure all have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his family. 12He says to God:
“I will tell my people what you have done;
I will praise you in their meeting.”
Hebrews 1:1-2:4 emphasize the authority of Jesus as a revelation of God's heart and God's will. The writer invites us to pay careful attention to what we have heard from Jesus.
Chapter 2:5-13 speak of God's great plan for people - God raises us up to be 'of the same family' as Jesus (vs 11) - to be of the same family is to bear his likeness. To imitate him in his love and grace in the way that we live.
Help me to accept your forgiveness of my sins and your transformation of my heart.
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