HEBREWS 2:14-18; 4:15; 5:7-9
In light of all that’s been shown thus far, we are now ready to accurately
access and apply correct interpretations to these Hebrews passages, which
were core to the Danielle concern:
1) (2:14-18) In these verses, our Lord is portrayed as “…a merciful
and faithful high priest…,” one able to succor (help, relieve), us during our
times of testing by virtue of His having endured, without failing, the same
kinds of testing. That is, unlike Adam, as shown earlier, He prevailed; He
did not falter. This passage shows furthermore, that in order to qualify for
this office, He had to be able to empathize (CJB) or sympathize (NIV,
NASB), i.e., He had to be in a position so as to actually experience for
Himself—first hand, if you please—exactly what we go through, on a daily
Sixty-four thousand dollar question: How was He lower than any angel
(for the suffering of death), if in fact He was still all Deity, who is
undeniably God—and, therefore, above the angels, including the likes of
Michael and the fallen Lucifer?!
The Master's Humanity!
The Absolute Necessity
In the facilitation of this “experience,” nature is everything. Christ could not do so as an angelic personage, we are told. His
both physical and intellectual. That’s the position of man. It is implied here, moreover, that even His divine nature would have
been an encumbrance to this most necessary experience. In order for His Earthly walk to achieve the desired end—merciful,
subjectable to (as opposed to encumbered by) the same trials and tribulations we face every day. As shown and as will be
shown again shortly, His walk as pure flesh, blood and bones was precisely as He Himself created and intended all men to be.
Having begun with a nature that was completely man, flawless and without sin, He finished with a nature that was completely
man, flawless and without sin. Tough as it is to visualize, this was not the “hybrid” experience envisioned and circulated in
fundamentalist/evangelical teaching and dogma; His divinity was divested, set aside for a time so as to endure and insure the
integrity of this experience (Phil. 2:5-8).
2) (4:15) Here we are shown our “…merciful, faithful high priest…,” identified in verse 14 as none other than Jesus, the
Son of God, seated now in the Heavenlies—having assumed the Father’s identity and glory, being now all God and yet still, all
man, flesh and bone—sign in the window, arms wide open, ready for business. Those among us, who might otherwise be so
inclined, can no longer say, “Lord, if you only knew;” He knows! “Lord, if you only understood,” He understands! “Lord, if
you could only experience the testings, the pains, the heartaches, anguish, agonies as I do day by day, night after night, 24/7,”
He has! Thanks to His earthly sojourn, in a blemish-free, human tent of flesh in every other way like our own; thanks to His
own endurance and perseverance under all the various categories of pressures involving suffering and temptation, not at all
unlike the ones we face, He—having never failed a test, i.e., He did it all without sin—can and does now offer help, relief and
comfort. In so doing, He (:16) extends a heartfelt invitation for all who will to “…come boldly before the throne of grace…”
where there is mercy never-ending, mixed with “…grace to help in (ANY) of our times of need.” This sentiment from the
Heavenlies parallels the one voiced by our Lord in His full humanity as recorded in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all you who
labor, and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest (refreshment)…” He can do this! For He at this time—based squarely
on a personal, sin-free experience—knows, understands, and cares.