|A Merciful &
Faithful High Priest
For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But
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? Thou 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: Thou
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. But
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. For 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.
The Hebrew writer continues his discussion of the superiority of Jesus by asking a question.
Which of the angels did God ever promise authority over “the world to come?”
Psalm 8:4 & 144:3 are alluded to, if not quoted.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For
thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and
honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all
things under his feet: (Psalms 8:4-6 KJV)
Man was made to have dominion over all things. However, we know that man does not have
dominion over all. Jesus was made lower than the angels to suffer and die upon the cross, and
“crowned with glory and honor.” The Creator, in order to allow men to become the sons of God,
allowed “the captain of their salvation” to suffer to make Him a complete Savior. Now man can
reach his true zenith through the Son of God because of His suffering.
For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is
not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the
midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
Jesus had taught and prayed for unity during His earthly ministry.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their
word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may
be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou
gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou
in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast
sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou
hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given
me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:20-24 KJV)
Therefore, the unity is real. We are one. We are joint-heirs with each other, and with Christ.
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer
with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17 KJV)
We are brethren (though adopted) with Jesus. Thus, prophecy reveals that He will declare our
names in the church, in the congregation of the saints. (Psalm 22:22)
And again, I will put my trust in him.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I
will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the
LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. (Psalms 18:2-3
The Father put His trust in Jesus.
And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch 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; And
deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Isaiah prophesied of the relationship between Jesus and His people.
Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in
Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. (Isaiah 8:18 KJV)
He cares for us as He would for children. In order to do that, it was necessary for Him to become
flesh and blood, as are His people. It is only this way that he could destroy the devil who had the
power of death, and deliver His people from the fear of death which kept them in bondage. He
had to become flesh and blood to experience death, to destroy death. Rather than living in fear,
now His people can live in hope, realizing that they have the forgiveness of sin.
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Wherefore 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. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour
them that are tempted. Hebrews 2:5-18 KJV
Jesus did not assume the form of an angel – He did not become a spiritual being to save
spiritual beings. Jesus assumed the form of “the seed of Abraham” (born of Abraham’s lineage
through Mary) to save men of flesh and blood. By assuming flesh and blood, Jesus took part in
the human experience. This allows Him to be a merciful and faithful high priest as He makes
reconciliation for the sins of His people.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15 KJV)
He knows what it is like to be human. He knows what it is like to be tempted. He knows what it
takes to be pure and sinless. He, because of His experience, can provide the help and comfort
that His people need.
See also Heb 6:5; 2Pe 3:13; Job 7:17; Ps 8:4; 144:3; Mt 28:18; 1Co 15:25,27; Eph 1:22; Heb
1:13; Joh 3:16; 12:32; Ac 2:33; Ro 5:18; 8:32; 2Co 5:15; Php 2:7-9; 1Ti 2:6; 1Jo 2:2; Re 5:9;
Lu 13:32; 24:46; Ac 3:15; 5:31; Ro 11:36; Heb 5:9; 12:2; Mt 28:10; Joh 20:17; Ac 17:26; Ro 8:
29; Heb 10:10,14; Ps 22:22,25; Ps 18:2; Isa 8:18; 12:2; Joh 10:29; 17:6,9,11-12; Joh 1:14; Ro
8:3; 1Co 15:54-55; Php 2:7; Col 2:15; 2Ti 1:10; Lu 1:74; Ro 8:15; 2Ti 1:7; Php 2:7; Heb 4:15;
5:1-2; Heb 4:15-16; 5:2; 7:25