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Death is a Huge and Ugly Monster (Hebrews 2:1-18)Mike Bucher, 11/11/2018
We are in the second chapter of The Book of Hebrews for this study. Jesus is God but God became one of us for two main reasons:
1. To walk in our shoes so He would have compassion on us in our trials and help us in temptations.
2. To deliver us from the fear of death.
Death is like a huge, ugly monster waiting for each of us and our loved ones. We cannot avoid or keep ourselves from it. Jesus alone conquered this monster.
Jesus now promises a life after death. We no longer have to fear it. This is a glorious hope for ourselves and for our loved ones who have already died.
Apart from Jesus there is no hope. Praise God that we, as Christians, have received what Jesus did in taking our place on the cross. I can truly say that He has removed this fear of death and replaced it with an awesome peace. This can be had by anyone who comes to know Him in truth and calls on His name to save you. It's not "religion" - it is reality. What an awesome God He is.
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1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? 5For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 6But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. 13And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. (KJV)