5Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6It has been testified somewhere,Thanks to my hubby I have a better understanding of verses 8-10! :)
"What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
7You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,
8putting 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. 9But 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.
10For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12saying,
"I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise."
"I will put my trust in him."
"Behold, I and the children God has given me."
14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
So continuing on, we learn that Christ calls us family! He is not ashamed to do so. God has given us to him, we are sanctified by one source. We are family to God! :) Pretty cool huh?
See that Christ came to earth. He was made man for a short time. He knows us full well. He calls us brother/sister. :)
he had to do this. Why?
so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.Being made a little lower than the angels for a short time enabled Christ to be our faithful and merciful high priest. Even though we can't see his full superiority over everything right now, we can still know that he is our high priest. He went through everything that we go through to save us. He was tempted and is therefore able to help us when we are tempted.
I don't know...but I look at all this and I think how cool is it all.
Christ, God's very own Son. The one through whom all things were made, the one who has superiority over everything, was made a little lower than the angels, so that he could be our faithful and merciful high priest. So we could be saved and brought into right relationship to God.
Oh how much we owe God. How much we need to show forth HIS GLORY to the world around us. Look at all he gave up for us, look at how he worked it all out.
It's just very awesome.