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This week we are starting a new series on Sunday nights titles “Jesus Christ as Our High Priest.”

The book of Hebrews isn’t the most popular book in the New Testament.

In many respects it is neglected.

The Jewish, or Old Testament, back ground that permeates every chapter has probably contributed to its neglect by many pastors.

The book of Hebrews portrays an exalted concept of Jesus Christ.

This week we are talking about,

Christ, The Humiliated One.


Hebrews 2:9 (ESV)

9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Scripture Reading

Hebrews 2:1-18 (ESV)

The new covenant could be established only by the death of the Testator.

Hebrews 9:16 (ESV) says

16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established.

God is the one establishing the new covenant.

The God of heaven cannot die.

For the covenant to become effective, God left the safety of heaven in the person of Jesus Christ and took on Himself the form of man.

God as a true man could die.

This is what happened to Jesus at Calvary.

The taking on of human form was a humiliating experience for Jesus Christ.

Yet He did it so that we might have eternal life.

In this particular chapter of Hebrews, the humiliation of Jesus is vividly brought home to us.

It is displayed by the passiveness of human kind (Hebrews 2:1-4).

Hebrews 2:1-4 (ESV)

Warning Against Neglecting Salvation

2 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,

3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,

4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Gods position is that of glory and honour.

Everyone should respond to Him in reverence and worship.

When Jesus appeared in human form, this perplexed the minds of His day.

Jews were tempted to either neglect or to reject this historical Jesus as the true God.

Shame was inflicted on Jesus as the Jews failed to accept His as God’s Son.

The writer of Hebrews dealt with the problem of apathy toward Jesus.

Verse 2:1 talks about neglect of the message.

Christians are challenged to give special attention to the message of God.

To ignore the message is, in essence, to declare it of no importance to the soul.

B. Verse 2:2 talks about the validity of the message.

In building his case against those who neglect Jesus, the author maintained that the law of judgement and wrath had been properly applied by God in the past.

God’s message is valid.

C. The warning of the message is in verse 2:3.

People may humiliate the person of Jesus Christ by ignoring the entire fact of His death, burial, and resurrection.

Yet God is not the one who suffers, it is the people who suffer.

This message has been confirmed by the testimony of first century believers and should not be rejected by us today.

D. Verse 2:4 is the proof of the message.

Along with the introduction of Jesus Christ and the new covenant, God gave additional signs and wonders to prove that the message was from Him.

2. It is displayed by the position of angels (Hebrews 2:5-9.)

Hebrews 2:5-9 (ESV)

The Founder of Salvation

5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.

6 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?

7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor,

8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.

9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

The author went to special lengths in chapter one to reveal Jesus’ superiority to the angelic world.

In this chapter on the humiliation of Christ, the author mentioned Jesus was made “a little lower than the angels”

The original relationship is in verse 2:5

In preparing readers for the position of humiliation that our Lord assumed (lower than the angels) the author emphasised that the future was placed in the hands of Jesus and not the angels.

The humiliation was temporary.

B. Verse 2:9 talks about taking a place of humility.

The process of humiliation was accomplished by the voluntary will of Jesus Christ.

He endured this shame by the grace of God.

C. Verse 2:9 also shows the purpose of this humiliation.

Jesus’ crucifixion was recognised by a crown of glory and honour.

Jesus tasted death on behalf of all humankind so that those who believe in Him do not have to face eternal death.

3. It is displayed by the participation of Christ (Hebrews 2:10-17.)

Hebrews 2:10-17 (ESV)

10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

12 saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”

13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”

14 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,

15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.

17 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.

Jesus willingly participated in the humiliation process that caused Him to become flesh and blood and to die a victorious death.

Several things are revealed in this passage that reveal His desire to secure salvation for humankind, even through humiliation.

Verse 2:10, the Captain of salvation.

Jesus desired to lead many people to the way of salvation.

He had to become the captain of their salvation.

To carry out His role, He had to suffer.

B. Verses 2:11-13 there was identity with humankind.

The author of Hebrews drew an affinity between the Sanctifier and the ones sanctified .

Jesus is pictured as being in total identification with people, as “he is not ashamed to call them brothers.”

C. Verses 2:14-15 speaks of submission to death.

The ultimate in Jesus’ humiliation came when He submitted Himself to death.

He had to enter the realm of death, or kingdom of darkness, to destroy it from within.

D. Verse 2:16 tells of voluntary activity.

This verse literally means that Jesus took on Himself the care and concern of “the seed of Abraham.”

He could have been indifferent, but His very nature compelled Him to take action.

E. In verse 2:17 He is the Priest of reconciliation.

It was necessary for Jesus “to be made like his brothers in every respect” so that He could be our faithful and merciful High Priest.

This was the only way He could secure reconciliation for humankind.


The humiliation process gave Jesus the opportunity to experience the same temptation that people face.

Hebrews 2:18 (ESV) says

18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Consequently, He is able to come to people’s aid , not on a theoretical basis, but an experiential basis.

He encourages His followers to a life of victory because he won total victory for them as He experienced life and death in the flesh.

Until next time

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