Forward in Faith #4
A Majestic Man
As we go through Hebrews, the writer of this epistle is being very deliberate. He is writing to people who are making a shift from one way of thinking to another. They are shifting from the law and old covenant to Grace and the New Covenant. They are shifting from Moses and the Law to Jesus and Grace.
They had their questions about Jesus and who he was and what he had to offer. Many so called “messiahs” had come and gone in Jewish history. The question is, what sets Jesus apart from the others.
Today, the onslaught on the name of Jesus is no less, and in reality it is far worse. There are overt and covert attacks on the name of Jesus. There are the overt ones who clearly despise the name of Jesus. They don’t mind you talking about God but don’t bring up the name of Jesus. When you bring up Jesus, you speak of the one who said “no one comes to the Father, but by me.” You speak of the one who said “I and the Father are ONE”. We speak of the one who Peter spoke of when he said there is “no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.” And the atheist and the anti-christian will say “how dare you say I MUST come to Jesus.” And the will attack the precious name, identity, and work of Jesus Christ.
But there are also covert attacks on Jesus. There are false witnesses, false prophets, who use the name, Jesus, but is it the SAME Jesus? Paul warned us of those who preach another Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 2 he warns that if we are not careful we will be deceived like Eve in the garden, by those who preach a “Jesus other than the Jesus we preached.” He goes on to say they are “false apostles, deceitful workman, masquerading as apostles of Christ.” But he says they just serve satan. How do they covertly attack Jesus or preach a different Jesus? They use his name but change his history and nature.
What do I mean? They “Latter Day Saints” say that Jesus is not eternal, but was literally procreated, fathered, by God and Lucifer and Jesus were brothers. They teach that he became a god, small “g”. They teach that his sacrifice was not sufficient but must be combined with other things. That’s a different Jesus than Paul or peter preached. – The Jehovah’s Witnesses say that Jesus is not eternal but had a beginning and that he is simply a god, lower case “g” and they he only rose spiritually from the dead not physically. The Baha’is, like others, teach that Jesus was just one of many prophets of God. The Spiritist say Jesus was just an advanced medium. The Theosophist, who explain God from a Buddhist frame of reference, says that Jesus was a reincarnated version of what they call the “World Teacher”. A Psychic, Edgar Cayce says that Jesus was Adam in his 1st incarnation and in his 13th he was Jesus of Nazareth. FOLKS … Those may use the name, Jesus, but that’s a different Jesus than is found in my Bible. Some even call themselves Christian but the word means “little Christs” and they are copying a different Christ than my Jesus.
So, our writer is portraying Jesus, The Son of God, incarnated as Jesus in Bethlehem and we have seen him in This Book 1st as the Greatest Voice of God, and 2nd as the Greatest Messenger or Angel of God. Today, we are going to see him as the Greatest Man, Jesus Christ, a Majestic Man.
Follow along with me and see if you can see what sets Jesus apart as a man from every other man.
Our text has important news for us quoting from Psalm 8. It reminds that God didn’t give dominion to Angels but to men. Angels were greater than men but men were given a greater position on earth. But we sinned, we blew it. So for things to be restored to proper order an Angel couldn’t set things right. We needed a better MAN. Is this world under our dominion now? NOPE … I can’t even control my own dog let along this world. But there is JESUS. He showed dominion on earth and
Eph 1:18-19 says he has dominion over all as God has placed all things under his feet.
We lost the glory and honor with which God had crowned us at creation. Jesus Christ as God becoming man restores the glory of man that God intended. Because of Jesus, we can be crowned with glory and honor.
5 quick things about Jesus that sets him apart as our Majestic Man
The first thing he is
Whether covert or overt they will all attack whether Jesus has always existed.
What is the first thing that separates Jesus from every other man that has walked the face of the earth? Jesus Christ walked the halls of eternity before he walked the hills of Palestine. Before he cried in the manger or spoke his first word, he spoke this world into existence.
John 1 says, in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God and all things were made by him and verse 14 says the word became flesh and dwelt among us.
In Revelation 1:8 and 22:13 Jesus says, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the last.”
Now unless Jesus is going to stop existing … if he is the end, the last, and that is eternal, if he is the Beginning and the First that means he has always existed … he is the Beginning of All things and the first of all things, the SOLE Cause of All things.
What a Man! Yes a Man …
God the Father lives in Unapproachable light.
(1 Tim 6:16)
The Holy Spirit is pure Spirit and yet can live in his people,
But ONLY JESUS, the 2nd person of the Trinity was BORN of Flesh and Blood …
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us”
Jesus Christ WAS Born … He was not the result of fertilization in the way we are but he was placed in Mary by the Holy Spirit. He grew from the same tiny Human beginning that any of us have. And on a night in Bethlehem, labor pains began, her espoused husband, Joseph settled her into an animal enclosure and Mary gave birth to Jesus.
He had a physical birth … Luke 2:11 says “Today in the city of David, a Savior is BORN to you … “tikto” to bring forth, bear, produce, of a woman giving birth … he didn’t appear, he didn’t seem to be … he was BORN …
Our text says “he was made” … the word means to “make lesser or inferior, in dignity.”
Jesus Christ, who had existed for eternity in the Godhead, who had had by his own action created everything, who had been worshipped by myriads of angels was made for a little while less, lower, with less dignity, as he was born a human.
He had to become LIKE us to restore us to the glory we lost and he could not be LIKE us unless he were BORN. He couldn’t just appear on the scene. He couldn’t materialize. Otherwise, his position as our mediator would be in question.
Job said in Job 9:33 “if only there were someone to arbitrate between us; to lay his hand upon us both.” The problem is stated in v32 speaking of God, Job says “he is not a man like me that I might answer him that we might confront each other in court.” vv 34 and 35 say “someone to remove God’s Rod … then I would speak up without fear … but as it now stands with me, I cannot.”
We cannot lay hold of God because we are sinful and because he is Spirit. We cannot lay hold of God because we are unrighteous and He is Holy.”
So, The Eternal Son was Born …
And thus in addition to being God … he become our …
Now let me caution us to not become to “familiar” with Jesus. He isn’t a simple brother today. He has been exalted as Lord. So don’t call him “bro…” … But …
V11 says of Jesus, “the one who makes men Holy and those who are made holy are of the SAME FAMILY. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.”
Our writer again quotes from prophetic psalm 22:22 “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will bring your praises.”
Jesus became v17 “like us in every way” so he could tell us of God’s Love. He joined our “congregation” so we would hear him testify.
V14 – since we have flesh and blood, he too shared our humanity – he had flesh and blood
V16 – because he came to help MEN not Angels. He didn’t need to be born and become our brother if he were helping Angels but he was helping us so he had to become LIKE us.
Bininger Chooses Slavery
Abraham Bininger, a Swiss boy from Zurich, came with his parents to this country on the same ship that brought John Wesley. The father and mother of the lad both died on the voyage and were buried at sea, and he stepped alone from the gangway on to a strange continent, where there was not a single familiar face. When he had grown to manhood, he asked to be sent to tell the story of the cross to the negroes of the island of St. Thomas, having heard of their great misery and degradation.
When he arrived at the island, he learned that it was against the law for any person but a slave to preach to the slaves. It was the policy of the planters to keep the blacks in ignorance and superstition. Shortly after this the governor of St. Thomas received a letter signed Abraham Bininger, in which the writer begged urgently to become a slave for the rest of his life, promising to serve as a slave faithfully, provided he could give his leisure time to preaching to his fellow-slaves.
The governor sent the letter to the King of Denmark, who was so touched by it that he sent an edict empowering Abraham Bininger to tell the story of the Messiah when and where he chose—to black or white, bond or free. 
Jesus Christ became like us that he could preach with words and his life the message of God’s love, our sin, and that he might restore us to the glory for which we were created.
He had to be MADE LIKE his Brothers … meaning “same family, parents, ancestors, countryman”
Everything we experience, he did. He had emotions like we do, limitations like ours, he got tired and hungry. He knew pain and sorrow.
V18 says he himself suffered temptation and because of that he is able to help those who are being tempted
He became as we are to help us up and out and to lead us to victory
He is our brother. But that tells us something else. If he is the firstborn and we are his brothers, then we share in the same inheritance.
In their culture, the firstborn received a double portion of inheritance. So if there were two sons, the 1st would receive 2/3 of the inheritance and the younger 1/3. If there were 3 sons the firstborn would receive ½ and the other two each ¼ and so on.
Well Folks … we will receive a similar inheritance as Christ because we are brothers.
Romans 8:17 says we are “co-heirs” with Christ.
Titus 3:7 says we are “justified by his grace … we became heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
So, we as his brothers, may not be exalted to the level of Christ, but I’ll take it!
He is resurrected and we too will be resurrected. He has eternal life, we have eternal life. He has been seated at the Right hand of the Father and we are seated with him in heavenly places. We do not yet see all things subject to us … but because he became like us … all things are under HIS feet and so we will be restored to the glory for which we were created.
Because our Eternal God was Born a Human, Our Brother … But it is there that the similarities end …
Eternal, Born, Brother … and
John 12 says that Isaiah saw Jesus and testified of it
How did Isaiah see Jesus? Isaiah 6:1 “I saw the Lord seated on the throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the Temple”
He was on the throne for eternity and
Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
You can see the entire cycle right there.
Eternal King, Born a Humble Servant in our Family, Then exalted again
Jesus Christ is in very nature God … don’t believe the witness that tells you Jesus and Michael are the same or that Jesus is a lesser god. Nor believe the Latter Day Saint that says he was an offspring of God who worked through system to become a god. Do not believe the psychic that tells you he is a reincarnated teacher. And do not believe the atheist who says he was a man at most if he existed at all …
Jesus Christ, a Majestic Man, no doubt, but he was and is and is to come … KING
V5 of our text says “the world to come is SUBJECT to him.”
V9 says he was “made a little lower than the angels” which can be literally translated “a little lesser than the angels” or “for a little while lesser than the angels”
Either way, the point was that for a period of 33 years Jesus was made like us … inferior to the angels …
and then v9 says “We see Jesus …” see – meaning see, discern, observe”
“we see Jesus … now crowned” -- “stephanoo” - some of you remember this word as I’ve taught about it before. There are two crowns. The other is a “diadema” … The diadema is the crown of rule and authority … a ruling crown …
Jesus HAS that crown for sure, but he also has been given the stephanos – a woven crown from oak, ivy, or the like. It is a CROWN of Accomplishment … a crown of reward …
He is King of Glory, and wears a Victor’s Crown because
He is Eternal, Born, Brother, King and Our
He was crowned because v9 says he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone
Hebrews 9:24 says – “without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sin”
God couldn’t give us grace without sin being paid for through shed blood.
God is Love but God is also Just
Sin must be atoned for.
Jesus died and was crowned in order that the grace of God might be available to us
There was a purpose in why Jesus came.
Born, Brother, Dying … In Order That … to fill the purpose of God and redeem us from the penalty of sin
V10 says Bringing many sons to glory
V11 says to make us Holy so that he need not be ashamed of us
Oh the purpose and plan of God … to bring us as sons into the glory we were intended to have to make us Holy so that God can look at us and not be ashamed of our sinfulness but instead be pleased as Christ presents us blameless before God.
Look at what our Savior does for us
V16 says he Helps us
V17 says he is merciful - removing the penalty of our sin
V17 says he is faithful – meaning that the same mercy that Peter and Paul experienced, that Mary Magdalene found, that the woman caught in adultery knew … He is FAITHFUL … still the same and is available for me
V17 says that he might make atonement for our sins – atonement … that’s propitiation … that’s a substitutionary sacrifice. He became sin in our place and paid for our sin.
So about 3 p.m. on that day at Golgotha outside Jerusalem, Jesus cried out “It is Finished” the atonement had been paid for our sin. Justice was satisfied making available God’s Grace to us. And when he said “it is finished” the imps in hell screeched because satan was destroyed. He still has limited freedom and power but the dye is cast. He is defeated.
Read Revelation 20:10 – “then the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur … will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
V14 says by his death he destroyed him who holds the power of death
V15 says he freed those who all their lives were held in fear of death
WE ARE FREE! … In Christ we are Free ..
It is FOR Freedom that you have been made Free
Tell the person next to you … “WE ARE FREE!”
We have a SAVIOR!
What a Majestic Man
Because he lives … I can face tomorrow
Because he lives … All FEAR IS GONE …
We are Free
Ladies and Gentlemen, Students, Boys and Girls
I offer you Jesus.
Judea’s Governor, Pilate presented Jesus to the crowd, crowned in thorns wearing a purple robe … and he said “Behold the Man” …
Most people missed it that day
Most said “Crucify him!” They didn’t realize that their judgment provided freedom for them that they also rejected.
But today I present before you, Jesus Christ,
Eternal, Born, Brother, Crowned King with the Stephanos of Victory, Savior … and I too say “Behold the Man!”
BEHOLD the MAN!
Behold the Lamb of God who alone takes away the sin of the World
Behold the lamb
Behold the lamb, Behold the lamb
Slain from the foundation of the world
For sinners crucified, Oh Holy Sacrifice
Behold the Lamb of God
Behold the Lamb
Crown him, Crown him
Worthy is the Lamb
Praise him, praise him
Heaven and earth proclaim
Behold the lamb
Behold the lamb
Behold the lamb of God
Behold the lamb
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