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Theme: Importance of the Son of God
Passage: Hebrews 2:13-18
Sympathy of the Son of God
The death and punishment received by Jesus is applied to our sinful debt. Paying in full the price that we owed. The one who had never sinned, became sin and received the punishment that sin was due. When Jesus died, the debt was paid, sinners could be set free.
How was it that the Son of God was able to sacrifice himself to “bring many sons to glory”? By becoming like those whom he was to save.
Physically, Christ took on the very same flesh and blood that all of us share. In this way he was truly able to taste and defeat death on our behalf. We no longer have to fear death or the one who has the power over death since Jesus destroyed them both. He was our substitute, receiving our condemnation and giving us his righteousness.
Morally, he became like his people in every respect, yet without sin. This allowed Jesus to partake in life and experience all the same things that his people experienced. He walked where they walked, ate what they ate, sleep when they slept. He experienced the limitations that humanity has yet did not sin. He was tempted in the same ways that we are tempted and did not sin. He was offered everything that this life had to offer him, yet he did not sin. He was led to be murdered for crimes that he did not commit, and yet he did not sin.
Sympathetically, Jesus now intercedes for his people as a merciful and faithful high priest. He has experienced all the temptations that we experience and yet he has never sinned. This gives him insight and compassion into the struggle we have with our flesh, yet also gives us an perfect example of obedience to follow.
"For he himself suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted."
In what way does Jesus become like his brother?
Who is defeated at Jesus death?
What are you tempted by? Was Jesus tempted like you are?