Scripture— Hebrews 2:5-9
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9)
“But we see Jesus…” This is the first time the Book of Hebrews mentions the personal name of Jesus. All along the way, we knew who the author was talking about, making references to God’s Son, but now we also see His Name: Jesus.
So now we can also focus on the Person of Jesus. In saying His Name, we think of His human nature; we think of Jesus as a person.
Jesus became a human being, lower than the angels for a while—but only until He entered again into the full glory of God in heaven. He was lower than the angels for a specific purpose: to suffer death and to “taste death for every man.” In Philippians 2 the Bible speaks of Jesus humbling Himself to the point of death on a cross. Here, the writer of Hebrews points out that Jesus was made a little lower than the angels during His incarnation, so that he could suffer death for us. As a result, he is “crowned with glory and honour.”
Jesus, God’s Son who is superior to the angels, was made lower than them for a while so that He could suffer death for us by the grace of God. And now and forever we, who were once lost, see Jesus. God’s Son, Jesus, our Savior, lowered Himself to taste death for our sake so that we would not have to fear death and suffering.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for lowering Yourself to taste death for us. Because of You, we are not alone in our suffering, and we have hope. Amen.