Jesus was Born to Die (Hebrews #4)

Text: Hebrews 2:5-9

(Introduction) Man’s dominion (vss 5-8)

  • Man’s future dominion (vs 5)
    • God gives crowns to man in the future.  Not to animals, not to angels, not to cherubim, not to fish.  Men get crowns in the future.
    • Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
    • 1 Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
    • God has given man the authority to take part in judgment of angels in the future.
  • His present dominion (vss 6-8)
    • A question about man’s place (vs 6)
    • Genesis 1:26-28 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth…And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
  • Dominion lost
    • Mankind begin to be led by an unclean spirit.  So while man may have dominion over creation, he is being led by an unclean spirit, the devil, the god of this world.
    • Genesis 3:1-6 Another voice competing with the voice of the Lord enters man’s God given dominion and begins leading man.
    • Ephesians 2:1-3

Seeing Jesus

  • But we see Jesus…
  • As verse 8 ends on a sour note indicating something went wrong which it did.  What God prepared for mankind was left to a vagrant unclean spirit now guiding the affairs of man.
  • Verse 9 completely changes the tone to one of hope though!  But we see Jesus…
    • Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus
    • Greeks in the book of John came to see Jesus
  • Regarding the sight of Jesus as the only hope of restoration.
  • Regarding the sight of Jesus as God’s love toward a fallen people.

Suffering Jesus

  • …made lower than the angels for the suffering of death….
  • Death came upon man and everything man had dominion of.  It is not something angels can relate to and it was not something God related to.
  • Death as suffering is confusing.
  • Hebrews 10:5-10

Substituting Jesus

  • Mark that one down because the context is the Adamic race of people.  Not the elect like Calvin would say.  The whole context is Adam’s progeny.
  • 1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
  • Christ’s substitution means there is a death sentence on you
    • If Jesus Christ took your place, that means there is a death sentence on you.
    • The wages of sin is death.
    • It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment.
    • John 3:36 …and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
    • If you’ve never come to the realization that there is a death sentence on you because of your sin, you are under a curse because of your sin, you’ve never been truly saved.
    • Being saved means you were rescued from death.
    • Look, if you were having a nice day on your boat and suddenly the Coast Guard showed up and picked you up for no reason.  You wouldn’t say the Coast Guard saved you or rescued you.  Why?  There was no danger, nothing life threatening to be saved from.
  • Christ’s substitution means there is nothing you can do about your death sentence
    • No good work to buy it off.
    • No baptism to take it away.
    • If you could buy off your guilt with a baptism, why didn’t the Lord Jesus Christ just say, Go get baptized.  Why did he die?
    • No church joining or organization will bring salvation
  • Christ’s substitution was sufficient
    • once suffered for sins
    • Isaiah 53:4-6, 10-11
    • If you can earn it, why is he hanging on a cross there?
    • Hebrews 7:25-26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
    • 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
  • His sacrifice was successful
    • The work of Jesus Christ as savior is vindicated in his resurrection.
    • Romans 1:4 …declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.  Remember that sin came as the result of an unclean spirit guiding mankind.  Now, Jesus Christ would be led and empowered in the flesh by the Holy Spirit.
    • By my spirit.  I need to get in tune with the spirit of God if there is to be any success from this time now.