Why Did Christ Have to Become Human? Hebrews 2:5-18

If Christ is higher than the prophets and the angels, then why did He suffer so, and why become a man at all?

  • lightstock_65964_xsmall_patrickHebrews 2:5-8 – Man is the surprising object of God’s attention.
    • Psalm 8
      • Psalm 8:5
    • Made a little lower than angels, yet death is a terror over man.
  • Hebrews 2:9 – In contrast to man, we see the Christ who tasted death once for all.
    • His death was necessary to reconcile men to God.
      • God cannot simply accept sin and fellowship with those who practice it.  1 John 1:5-7
        • God desires true relation with His creation.
  • Hebrews 2:10-13 – The suffering of Christ was necessary to accomplish true fellowship and bring Christ to the finish of the plan.
  • Hebrews 2:14-18 – Coming in the flesh was the only way for the immortal God to die.
    • A perfect sinless sacrifice was needed to pay the price for the sins of man kind.
      • Only God was going to manage such a feat.
      • Therefore Christ the Son of God came down to complete this work of salvation.
    • Only a High Priest who has dwelt with us and experienced the trials and hardships of this life can be a truly merciful and faithful High Priest.
      • Christ has cried physical tears.
      • He has seen the sorrow and pain of death and sin and life up close and felt those things the same way we feel them.
      • This makes Him the perfect High Priest and intercessor for our cause.
  • Philippians 2:1-18 – Final reading.