The writer of the Hebrews in chapter 2 of his epistle continues to meditate on the glory of Christ and in so doing reminds his readers of the greatness of their salvation. Michael Bird (See his “Evangelical Theology”) says our theology should be shaped by the gospel, this passage shows how right he is. This passage is full of deep insights into the nature of our salvation. So remembering these things let us turn to the passage itself.
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.(Heb 2:1–4).
Here we are called to pay attention to te gospel, this is a glorious message not some cheap thing but rather was achieved by the eternal son of god coming down to earth to work out our salvation for us. We are called to faithfulness in a world which pressurises us to accept its agenda. To give into the pressures of the world is to be distracted from Christ. Notice that the miracles etc confirm the salvation brought about by Jesus. Sometimes we get taken up with dwelling on miracles themselves instead of looking to the author of those miracles. It is also important to note that it is the Holy Spirit who imparts gifts according to the will of God.
It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified:
“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
You made them a little lower than the angels;
you crowned them with glory and honor
and put everything under their feet.”,
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says,
“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the assembly I will sing your praises.”
“I will put my trust in him.”
And again he says,
“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
Since the children have flesh and blood, he 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. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human 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. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Heb 2:5–18).
The writer cannot stress strongly enough the glory and dignity of Jesus and yet he also stresses that because of his gracious glory he is a great Saviour.Everything in the created order is to be subject to Christ and yet he is the one who reaches down and pulls us up out of the pit of sin. He suffered so that he could bring many people to glory, he came to share our humanity so that it could be redeemed. The amazing fact about this portrayal of Christ is that he is undescribably glorious and yet at the same time he is very close to each one of us. The writer does not use the glory of Christ to intimidate us, but rather to encourage us. He is a powerful Saviour and that that is what we need but he also understand us intimately. He knows our temptations because he too has suffered temptation. But far above it all we need to remember that he died to defeat Satan and therefore destroy the fear of death.
another aspect that is brought out is that Jesus in not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters, rather it his desire to bring many people into the family of God. This passage shows that our Saviour is the glorious one who has redeemed us and has called us to himself. He sustains us in our faith as we draw near to him.