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What Happened When Jesus Died?

In reading through Hebrews, I came across the following passage that caused me to think in light
of the passing of a dear sister in Christ here at South Cobb. Please note the passage, and see some of the
things that we need to consider in light of our life and death.

“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing
many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He
who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed
to call them brethren, saying:

“I will declare Your name to My brethren;In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to

And again: “I will put My trust in Him.”

And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”

Inasmuch then as the children 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. 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 brethren, 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. (Hebrews 2:10-18)


Jesus created all things, and he sustains all things (Hebrews 1:1-4)

Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth was to bring many sons to glory. What a purpose – to save people
from sins. To bring us to glory!

He is the captain (author) of our salvation, and he was made perfect, or complete, through his
suffering. Jesus suffered so as to understand what we go through and to share in what we go through.
He partook of flesh and blood, so as to destroy him who had the power of death (Satan).

Fear causes us to live timid lives. The fear of death causes us to be afraid of people, and even God.
Yet, because of what Jesus did, one day death itself will be destroyed. For the Christian we have no need
to fear death. It just gets us closer to home. One thing I have noticed over the years is that as a Christian
older, and they suffer more and more from the ravages of aging, death becomes a comfort because there
will be no more suffering in this body.

He calls us brethren. We have the same Father, and love the Father, hence, we are his brethren. He
is not just our Lord (though he is that), but our brother as well. And, he was made like us so he could be
a merciful and faithful High Priest. He is merciful and compassionate in understanding the temptation
we face.

He understands our fears in that he went through those fears as we do. Consider Jesus in the
Garden of Gethsemane, beseeching the Father to let his cup pass. Yet submitting to the Father’s
ultimate will in allowing himself to be put to death on the cross for OUR sins. What a merciful Savior
that can and will forgive us of our sins and shortcomings.

He is faithful in that he carried out the Father’s will faithfully. And he continues to be faithful to
his promises to us! You can count on the fact that the Lord WILL keep his promises.

Hence, he is the propitiation (substitute sacrifice) for the sins of people. Will we avail ourselves of
his loving sacrifice for us?

And, he suffered to help us as we are tempted. He showed us, by the life he lived, that we can face
temptation and overcome. Sometimes we fail the tests because we don’t fight hard enough. Sometimes we
sin because we are not living closely enough to Jesus and the Father. THE CLOSER WE LIVE TO GOD
Oh beloved, what a Savior we have! Rejoice in this love daily in this new year! Be committed to be
closer to him!

Shalom, Tommy

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