The Ultimate Aid

First and foremost I encourage, no I implore you to read the word of God. What I am about to share with you comes straight out of Hebrews. This is so powerful and I do not want you to miss it. Spend some time in your bibles today and read the first two chapters of Hebrews.

I want you to see the picture here. Angels in heaven sitting around God’s throne. All expectantly waiting on His commands. If you have ever had a dog, and yes bear with me through this analogy I am about to compare dogs and angels, again just using it as a picture reference. Angels are not dogs, anyway let me move on. If you have ever had a dog and gone to the cabinet to retrieve a bag of dog treats you know that the dog will come running to your feet and most will sit down waiting expectantly for the treat. Just sitting there staring at you. Well Angels do a similar thing with God, only they are always in his presence. The bible says in Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” Furthermore in Matthew 18:10-11 it says, “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My father in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

This does not suggest that each believer has our own guardian angel but what is does picture is that angels are constantly watching the face of God waiting to hear his command to help a believer when needed. Waiting expectantly, staring at the face of God. So awesome. God’s throne is always surrounded by innumerable amounts of angels waiting to help us.

Now, it is very important to understand that Jesus is so much better than the Angels. Jesus is NOT an Angel, he is the Son of God. You see that throughout all of scripture however looking at Hebrews 1:4-6 “having become so much better than the angels as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say, “You are My son, Today I have begotten you?” and again “I will be to Him a Father and He shall be to me a Son?” But when he brings the firstborn into the world he says “Let all the angels of God worship Him.””

Jesus had a higher calling. As we just saw Jesus is above all creation including the Angels, the very Son of God “But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:9. We see here that for a short time Jesus stepped down to become just a little lower than the angels, taking on the form of man, coming to earth to ‘taste death for everyone’. This is for everyone who will believe. The death of Christ can only be applied to those who come to God repentantly in faith and ask for His saving grace and forgiveness of sins. We cannot live our lives on this earth refusing to believe in God, living as if their is no God, and die and expect to get to Heaven because we believe we were good, that we did just enough things that were good that He couldn’t possibly send us to Hell, I mean come on we were good people. It doesn’t matter, this isn’t about doing good things. Listen, this IS NOT about you and me. This IS NOT about what we can do and our good works. This IS about a God who is madly in love with you, stepping down to earth to die for you. Because we can never do enough good or enough good works to put us in right standing, he became our sacrafice, our propitiation (more on this in a moment) so that we don’t have to do good works, we just have to put our faith and trust, in Him.

Hebrews 2:14-15, “Inasmuch then as the chidlren have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death that is the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Christ in his very nature is not one of flesh and blood. However he became that for the sake of providing redemption to everyone of us. Where it talks about death and the power of death there in that verse, that is the very reason and purpose for Christ coming down as man or as a lot of translations say Christ Incarnate or Incarnation. Jesus came to the earth to die. Point blank, that was His mission and by doing it, he was able to conquer death through His ressurection rendering Satan powerless against all who are saved because Satan’s using the power of death is subject to God’s will. (see Job 2:6)

Hebrews 2:16-18 “For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of abraham. Therefore in all things He had to be made like His brethern that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered being tempted He is able to aid those who are tempted.” Wow. First of all the word propitiation means to ‘satisfy’ or to ‘replace’ Romans 3:25, “Whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood through faith to demonstrate His righteousness because in His forbearance God has passed over the sins that were previously committed.” So by partaking of human nature, Christ demonstrated His faithfulness and mercy to mankind by satisfying, God’s requirement for sin and thus obtaining for His people full forgiveness.

Where it speaks of Christ giving aid to men and not angels, this is the picture of Christ literally taking hold of; the image of Christ reaching down and grabbing your arm in order to pull us or push us to safety, to rescue us. The genuineness of Christ’s humanity is demonstrated by the fact that he was tempted. By going through these temptations Jesus fully understands what you and I go through on a daily basis. He felt the full force of temptation in Luke 4:1-13 where satan tempts him three times. Though you and I often falter and succomb to our temptations Christ was able to resist them and because of that He is able to reach down to us when we need His rescue and pull us to safety. Reaching down into our filth and our sins, and grabbing our arm and pulling us out of the ‘quicksand’ of sin and saying, “I’ve got you. Let me handle this. I love you and am here to save you.” Don’t ever forget the fact that Christ is constantly aiding us through all of our life and trials. He has been there before. Just place your trust in Him and allow Him to rescue you!

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