5 “It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.
6 But there is a place where someone has testified: ‘What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him?
7 You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor
8 and put everything under their feet.’ In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.
9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.
11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
12 He says, ’I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.’
13 And again, ’I will put my trust in him.’ And again he says, ‘Here am I, and the children God has given me.’” Hebrews 2:5-13
So far in Hebrews the author has presented us with the exaltation of Jesus, but now in verses 5-13 we are introduced to the incarnation and the earthly ministry of Jesus. Remember, when we read verses like verse 9 that talks about Jesus “made lower than the angels for a little while,” we are not talking about His relationship with God the Father but instead the status He puts Himself under in order to serve humanity.
In Verse 10 our preacher/teacher makes it clear that the purpose of Jesus’ ministry is to bring “many sons and daughters to glory.” And how was this accomplished? Jesus is now “crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”
It was the grace of God that allowed Jesus to taste death for all mankind that we might have life. There is no way to get around this verse. We are by nature sinners separated from God and without hope in our fallen state. It was Jesus who came to our rescue.
Paul writes in Galatians 1:3-5, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Jesus gave Himself for our sins that He might rescue us out of the present evil age.
The work of Jesus throughout His ministry is a rescue mission for us. Jesus “is the pioneer of our salvation perfect through what He suffered.” (Hebrews1:10) Salvation according to Paul in Galatians is salvation from this present evil age. He doesn’t say from an age to come or someday we will have salvation, but instead insists that trust in Christ who “gave Himself for our sins” we have the assurance of salvation right now.
The gospel is the good news, it’s not an opinion piece but hard news and anything that twists or reverses the gospel is sin. Let me explain what I am trying to say here, but in order to do that I will need to refer us back to Galatians once again.
In chapter 1 verses 6-7 we read, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.”
The word pervert in verse 7 means to reverse directions or as Timothy Keller puts it, “turn it inside out.” Paul is making the claim that the Gospel, the good news of salvation through Christ alone, is the only hope of salvation for humanity. There can be no compromises with this and the idea that we can be good enough to merit salvation is no gospel at all—it is turning it inside out.
The Gospel is really a matter of order. Here is what I mean by that. The Gospel makes it clear that we are justified through Christ (Hebrews 2:8-9) and the result is we live a Christian life in response to what Jesus has done for us through His perfect suffering on our behalf. If we get the order mixed up and start to think that our Christian life is what the gospel is about and Jesus salvation only comes in response to that life, then we have turned the gospel inside out or perverted it. Paul says, “It is no gospel at all.”
Most of you remember the story of the wedding feast in Matthew 22 where the Master set up the great banquet but everyone he invited had an excuse for not showing up. So do you remember what he did? “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.” Matthew 22:8-10
Now here is the marvel of this text, he invited the bad as well as the good. Wow! The Gospel is not about being good because as Brennan Manning says, “God loves us as we are, not as we should be, because we can never be as good as we should be.” The people who came to the banquet came by invitation and they came in their rags and their tattered lives, but once at the feast they were clothed in the garments of the wedding feast—grace.
Hebrews, in the first two chapters, presents us the God/Man Jesus who is not only greater than Moses, the law, and the Angels but for a short time became lower than the angels so that He might bring salvation to all who acknowledge their spiritual brokenness and their need of a savior. Jesus came to rescue us from the present evil age and present us eternal life. None of this was accomplished or predicated upon our own worthiness or perfection but upon Him who was perfect through what He suffered.
It is Jesus who is crowned with glory. It is Jesus who has everything under His feet. It is Jesus who suffered death and brought us the grace of God. It is Jesus who brings the sons and daughters to glory. It is Jesus who is the pioneer of our salvation. It is Jesus who is perfect through what He suffered. It is Jesus who is holy and makes us holy. It is Jesus who is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.
It is ALL Jesus. Here is the great question we must ask ourselves in light of this, why would we ever be ashamed to call Jesus our Lord and Savior in the presence of a fallen world?