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Meditation 3a: “You have crowned him with glory and honor”
Psalm 8:3-6 (RSV translation)
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have established; 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him little less than God, and crown him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.Hebrews 2:5-18 (RSV translation)
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. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for every one.Some questions for reflection
Meditation 4b: God has spoken to us by his Son
Reflection and commentary on Hebrews 2:5-18
The writer to the Hebrews speaks of God's plan of redemption. In God's original plan (which the author quotes from Psalm 8), humankind was created a little less (lower) than God himself, and given power to be master over all things. But through sin, humankind experienced defeat and frustration instead of mastery, and failure in place of glory. And into this state of defeat God sent his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that by his sufferings and his glory humankind might become what God intended him to be. In Christ we not only recover our lost identity, but God makes us what we could never be without him--sons and daughters of God who share in his glory.
Jesus is called the pioneer of our salvation (Hebrews 2:11). A pioneer is one who begins something so that others may enter into it, someone who blazes a trail for others to follow. Jesus blazed the trail for us to the path of glory with the Father. Like any true pioneer he had to be tested and be made perfect through suffering. Perfection here connotes completeness and the capacity to fully carry out the purpose for which the person or thing was designed to do.
Through suffering Jesus was fitted
for the task given him by his Father as the pioneer of our salvation. Through
his suffering Jesus fully identified with our human condition (see Psalm
22:22, Isaiah 8:17-18). He was not detached, but he fully entered into
our human existence and shared in our lot. He also sympathized with us,
by sharing in our sorrows and sufferings, and by being tempted he experienced
the trials of being put to the test. He has met our sorrows and he has
faced our temptations. We cannot find a pioneer more fit to show us the
way to the Father.
"Lord Jesus Christ, you are the pioneer and the perfector of our faith. Increase my faith and give me strength to endure hardship and trials so that I may be faithful to the end."
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