I read Hebrews 2:14-18 yesterday. Read it slowly, out loud, a few times:
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.
I am a person who struggles mightily with depression and anxiety. It comes and goes and is subject to a diverse array of stimulus. I also have a lot of good ways of coping with it, which are sometimes enough to feel better and sometimes aren’t.
Usually when we think of Jesus’s atonement, we think of him as the substitute for our sins. We deserve a penalty for our sins, hell, and Jesus took that hell upon himself on the cross so we wouldn’t have to take it on ourselves for all eternity. Then when the Judge looks at us, we are declared innocent (righteous). Not because of what we’ve done, but because of what Jesus did on our behalf.
All of this is true, praise be to God! But something even deeper hit me yesterday. Continue Reading…