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.
The writer of Hebrews is addressing the humanity of Jesus Christ. He is addressing the fact that Jesus was as much human as He was God. He suffered what we suffer, He was tempted by what tempts us and He felt every bit of what we feel in our lives. He had to live as man so that through the sacrifice we might be set free from death.
“Oh, grave where is your victory, oh death where is your sting.” (1 Cor 15:55) One of my absolute favorite verses in Scripture. It reminds me there is no longer any need to fear death. As a matter of fact, we can welcome this friend when it is our time. We realize it will be our transition into eternity with the Father.
There is nothing to fear in death, it has been defeated. I can now look forward to my eternity of perfection. As a matter of fact, it is this very knowledge that pushes me to brings others into a knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is this fact, that Jesus defeated death, that I can have joy in any circumstance in life because I know it brings me one step closer to the Father.
Jesus has died and been buried and resurrected. It is time for us to fully accept this concept. Too many times, we as Christians, start to believe the lie that this is just a great moral story and that some of these things didn’t really happen. But we must buy in, lock, stock and barrel, if we are to taste the eternal reward that is in Christ Jesus.
We can no longer half-heatedly accept the Scripture, where and when it suits me to follow it or believe in it. Either we are in or we are out, Jesus was pretty clear that there are no fence riders allowed. As for me and my house, we are all in. I believe in the resurrection, I believe in the eternity that is to come. I take comfort in those things and I allow the chains of death to fall from my hands as I serve Christ in freedom. May it be with you today as it is in my heart, free from death and free to live in Christ. I look forward to the day of eternal rest and peace that comes from our loving God. And I will share with all who will listen.