“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard…” (Heb 2:1a) The message of the gospel is well attested. The penalty for ignoring it terrible beyond reckoning and the reward for heeding more wonderful than can be described. Guest blogger Robert Elphick shares his arc and notes on Hebrews 2:1-18. (This is part 5 of 5.)
Listen, for Jesus came to help the children of Abraham. He shows his brothers how to trust the Father: Hebrews 2:11-13.
Jesus is not ashamed to identify with God’s children as brothers and sisters (11b). These are the children whom the Father is drawing to himself (10a), and for whom the Father provided and perfected a savior (10b).
Surely the children’s sin gives ample reason for shame–but Jesus is not ashamed.
Surely the children’s sin gives ample reason for shame–but Jesus is not ashamed. He is not ashamed, the writer says, because Jesus—the one who makes men holy (11a)—and the children being made holy are all from the Father.
We are from the Father in the sense that He is the potter and we are the clay. He made us. In what sense is Jesus from the Father? Jesus was with the Father from the beginning (Jn 1:1) and then came from the Father to reveal God to the world (1:2) and die for sin (v14). Through Him the Father made purification for His people (1:3). This was the Father’s plan (Eph 1:10). Our sin was no surprise.
Jesus, with singing praise, points the brothers and sisters to the gracious Father (12a). He sets the brothers an example of delighting in the Father and trusting him (13a). As the children follow His example (13b), the Father receives the praise and trust He deserves. He is not ashamed because through these brothers, these children, God is demonstrating and being rightly praised for his glorious grace. This was the plan before the foundation of the world.
Consider also: Rom 1:16, 2 Tim 1:8.