Don’t Neglect Salvation

 

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.  Hebrews 2:14-18, link at the bottom.

What a beautiful chapter about Jesus. Angels fell because of disobedience and were not restored. But now we see angels working alongside the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. And the beauty of the chapter explains how Jesus who was higher than any angel allowed Himself to be subjected to the very same trials and temptations that we all face.

He did this so that He could be a compassionate High Priest as He is now, watching over us and answering prayers.  Because the children were flesh and blood, He tasted death, to free them from it. Death makes you a slave, it causes fear and grief. When a believer goes to heaven there still may be some fear but Jesus will be there to greet you. The devil was the one with the power of death, Jesus has and will destroy it forever.

But more than that, His return is ever closer and many will never die but see Him come. We were never meant to die, but God could not allow people to live forever in a fallen state or a fallen world. Jesus took back that authority and gave it to believers Through Jesus many have been saved but still not to live forever on earth, but this generation could very well step right into eternity, should they not neglect so great a salvation.

If you ever think He doesn’t understand you think again. He knows what it is like to tempted, tormented and tortured in every way, yet He did not sin. Even under accusations and arguments, with people wanting to kill Him, and being crucified, He was innocent so He could die for us.

And this painting is from the 17th century, a French art school. I have seen lots of paintings of Jesus being ministered to, but never one like this. he has a table and angels serving Him. That would have been something after the agony of Gethsemane. The lobster looking thing on the plate has to be a fish, lobster was out for Jews with the food laws. But thankfully, those are out with the new covenant, whatever you bless is clean, not that you should eat just anything though.

He didn’t come to help the angels, He came to help us. And I just love those verses where it is doubled, He Himself did it. For me!

 

 

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