Hebrews: Jesus Christ is better -
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 2:9
Made lower: to be made less or inferior, in dignity
Suffering: an enduring, undergoing, suffering
Crowned: to crown as victor
Glory: infinite, intrinsic worth (substance, essence)
Honor: a value, esteem (especially of the highest degree), or the dignity itself, precious, price
Grace: contains the idea of kindness which bestows upon one what he has not deserved
Taste Death: experience
For: or one's safety, for one's advantage or benefit; one who does a thing for another, is conceived of as standing or bending 'over' the one whom he would shield or defend; "for the betterment (advantage) of," i.e. focusing on benefit
Everyone: "each, every" means "all" in the sense of "each (every) part that applies." The emphasis of the total picture then is on "one piece at a time."
As I read Hebrews 2:5-9 this morning in preparation for hearing Sunday's message, I focused on verse 9. As I studied verse 9, the word "for" caught my attention.
For: one's safety, for one's advantage or benefit; one who does a thing for another, is conceived of as standing or bending 'over' the one whom he would shield or defend; "for the betterment (advantage) of," i.e. focusing on benefit
Jesus Christ suffered and died — for MY benefit. For the betterment of me! There is NO way I could pay for my sin. There was no way for me to enter the presence of a Holy God. So for my benefit, Jesus died.
So, thankful that Jesus is God and overcame death and hell! Because He lives, I too will live forever!
God's plan of salvation is only possible, because Jesus Christ was willing to be made less and endured the cross and death.
For. Benefit. Betterment.
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