What Does Hebrews 2:18 Mean?

For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

Hebrews 2:18(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

After 4000 years, God finally spoke to us through His Son, the Word made flesh.. Who by the sacrifice of Himself brought many sons to glory. But why did God-the-Son have to take upon Himself a human body, in order to save us? Why did the eternal Son of God have to clothe Himself in human flesh, in order to become the Saviour of the world?

Well, the incarnate Christ took a human body upon Himself for a number of different purposes. Firstly, God is Spirit, and He is eternal.. and only a Man with a human nature, and a physical body.. that is subject to death could become the Kinsman-Redeemer for doomed humanity - and die for their sins. The wages of sin is death, and only as the perfect, sinless Son of Man could Christ willingly offer up His sinless human life as the ransom price for the sin of mankind - but in so doing He would bring many sons-of-men into the family of God - which would give them the right to call Him their brother.

He also took upon Himself a human body so that by paying the price for the sin of the world, His own innocent death would render death defeated.. and Satan powerless - freeing all who believe in Him from the power of death, both spiritually and physically. Satan may have the power of death and harass us in this earthly life.. he may even sift us as wheat and prowl around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may destroy.. but death can never take away the eternal, spiritual life of a believer.. and those that have died in Christ.. will one day arise from the grave into life everlasting - for by the sacrifice of His sinless life on the cross, the power of death is defeated.

Christ identified with us in this way.. so that He could help us as our heavenly High Priest and become the Captain of our salvation. We are the spiritual seed of Abraham, by faith in the redeeming blood of Christ, Who identified with our mortal state and learnt humility and godly obedience, by the things that He suffered as a Man. He identified with the fallen race of men, so that He could make propitiation for our sin.. and by His own suffering, was enabled to come to our aid, in time of need.

It is to man that Christ ministers. It is to the descendants of Adam and not to angels or any other created being that redemption is offered. He was made like one of us in order to redeem us from our sin.. but He had to experience all the things that every member of the human race must go through, in order to be qualified to become our kinsman-Redeemer - and so the Son of God was born into the human race as the Son of Man.

He identified with our humanity in every detail. He was tempted like we are.. He suffered just like we suffer and was faced with the same tough choices, that all of us are faced with every day - but He did not sin. In so doing He was equipped to come to our aid.. and to help us, comfort us, support us, encourage us - and die for us, no matter what temptation we may have to face, and no matter how difficult the circumstances become, that we are going through.

Christ came to earth and lived out His life.. from beginning to end, as the perfect role-model for all mankind. He was a Man who looked to the needs of others and one that had to go through much pain and suffering, rejection and betrayal - hatred and bitter grief - so that by His death, burial and resurrection He could bring many sons to glory - by grace through faith in HIM.

Since Jesus Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is also able to come to our aid, and help those who suffer when they are tempted. Jesus is capable of being moved to give relief those who undergo the trials and tribulation, which we all have to meet in this world - praise His holy name.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, how we praise and thank You for Jesus. We thank You that He was willing to be tempted and tried for our sake. Thank You that He was prepared to identify Himself with our humanity and to suffer so much.. so that He understands our problems and pain and is able to come to the aid of all who are being tempted and tried. Thank You that by death He broke the power of death in my life. May I live to His eternal praise and glory, AMEN.

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