Since the children have flesh and blood, Jesus too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of Him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Hebrews 2:14.15).
Much higher than angels
In Hebrews 1, the author argues that Jesus is much higher than angels; in fact, He is equal to God. He was the promised Messiah. In Hebrews 2, suddenly a different angle is emphasized. Jesus was made lower than the angels for a little while (Hebrews 2:9). This, of course, refers to the time that Jesus was on earth.
Why did Jesus have to become human?
He shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of Him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil (verse 14). Jesus had to die so He could break the power of satan, who held the power of death. And one can only die if one is a human being, right? This is how far God was willing to go: to be made lower than the angels, if only for a while!
Atonement for the sins of humans
When Jesus died, He made atonement for the sins of the people. At the same time, He is called the high priest. Do you know what the people of Israel did to atone for their sins? They had a priest who sacrificed an animal, so it died instead of the sinner. The priest was like a mediator between God and the people, making things right between God and the sinner. But Jesus is special.
He is both the priest and the sacrifice. He opened up the way to God by dying on the cross, atoning for the sins of every single person who believes in Him. And in this way, He destroyed the power of satan, of death itself. Why? Because when you are freed from your sins, you are free to enjoy eternal life. Death has lost its sting.
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