Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What is man?

Hebrews 2:5-9 (ESV)
Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. [6] It has been testified somewhere,

"What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
[7] You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,
[8] putting everything in subjection under his feet."

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. [9] But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Here we see the Writer of Hebrews describing that great salvation. He quotes the psalms, to show that Jesus Christ fulfilled prophecy, according to the scriptures. Psalm 8 speaks of Jesus, who else would it speak of? Jesus is the one who was made for a little while lower than the angels. He too is the reason that God is mindful of man. That is perhaps the strange and incomprehensible fact of the gospel. Man knows that man sins. We do not understand why God would become one of us, to save us. It makes no sense to our guilty consciences. It mitigates against every fiber of our being. “What is man, that you are mindful of him?” Why God, do you give a fig about us? We are as but grass. Quite frankly we don’t understand why God should care at all about us. But he does. So God becomes man in Christ, that man might be absorbed in Christ, become a new man. And this only because God temporarily lowers himself in Jesus to be below the angels, and then Man in Jesus is crowned with glory and honor. It is too amazing to think about. 0

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