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Mid-Week with Christ
January 29, 2020

Dying on a Cross, Saving the World

Hebrews 2:14-18

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Prayer for the Day

Gracious Father, your Son stands before You as our great High Priest, conqueror of Satan, defeater of death, and propitiation for our sins. Hear our cries for mercy on His account, even Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

If there are four verses in the New Testament that proclaim that Jesus was more than a prophet, these are they. First, they proclaims Jesus' incarnation. He took on our flesh and blood and can rightly be called our brother. He was no angel come to lead an angelic host, but came to help people like us. 

Second, the writer of Hebrews points out our true enemies and that Jesus has defeated them all. First of all, death, and our slavery to the fear it brings. We hide death away in hospitals, nursing homes, and funeral homes, desperate to shield it from our view. Jesus has ended death's hold over us. Likewise Jesus has defeated the devil who wielded the power of death since humanity's fall. Last, our own sins, which have caused God's wrath to rest on us. Jesus has "propitiated," or regained God's favor, for us by his obedience to the law and his willingness to sacrifice himself in our place on the cross. 

Now Jesus stands before the world not as a mere prophet but as the great and only high priest for the human race. He stands before his Father and argues in our favor. Satan can no longer accuse us, because by his cross Christ has defeated our enemies and now rules as homo victorious over all things.

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