Hebrews 2:14-18 The Help of Jesus

 Hebrews 2:14-18  “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Ebrei 2:14-18 Poiché dunque i figli hanno in comune sangue e carne, egli pure vi ha similmente partecipato, per distruggere, con la sua morte, colui che aveva il potere sulla morte, cioè il diavolo, 15 e liberare tutti quelli che dal timore della morte erano tenuti schiavi per tutta la loro vita. 16 Infatti, egli non viene in aiuto ad angeli, ma viene in aiuto alla discendenza di Abraamo. 17 Perciò, egli doveva diventare simile ai suoi fratelli in ogni cosa, per essere un misericordioso e fedele sommo sacerdote nelle cose che riguardano Dio, per compiere l’espiazione dei peccati del popolo. 18 Infatti, poiché egli stesso ha sofferto la tentazione, può venire in aiuto di quelli che sono tentati.”
     Hebrews is a book written to Christian Jews to show the supremacy of Christ. It is presented in a series of phrases throughout the book that include the word “better”. The temptation referred to in the book of Hebrews was the idea of returning back to the old religion. In this section, Christ, having identified with us as humans, is able to help those who are tempted to go back. Jesus is the great high priest who doesn’t offer the sacrifice but is identified as the sacrifice so we could receive help to continue on in the faith.
     This kind of help is really one of the most important needs in our lives. “Help” is used here as a compound term derived from two words: cry and God. It is really a cry to God. Whatever the temptation is, a cry to God should be the response of every believer. The help of Jesus assures us that He has freed us from the power or fear of death. Certainly we know that the devil exists but as believers the victory of Jesus triumphs over every human temptation including death and gives us help. How does Jesus give us help? By being fully God and fully man. Notice the phrase in v. 17, “made like his brothers”. We are no longer subject to the slavery of death when we deal with the issues of eternity.
     This help is awarded not to angels but to the descendants of Abraham’s faith. Galatians 3:29 reminds us, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Pray with me: Lord, I need Your help every day of my life. Remind me that every issue of life that I encounter, Jesus has already faced it and there is help for me in my time of need.

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