Daily Devotional for 4 September 2020 – Hebrews 2v16 – Who Christ helps

Hebrews 2:16

If you were offered the choice of helping someone powerful and important or helping someone insignificant, many people would help the important person.  Our society sees the powerful as significant, but God’s ways are not our ways.

Angels are mighty beings but God’s salvation plan is shown to people. God’s salvation is not even for good people but for sinful people.  Jesus became a man and not an angel in order to save men and women.  Even though people are so small and insignificant.  We are dust (Genesis 2:7) and we are sinners (Romans 5:8) and still it is us who God the Son helps.

Of course, the good angels don’t need to be saved.  They are holy and righteous.  The angels who fell with the devil are lost forever (Jude 6).  But God chooses for His salvation plan to be for us and not them. 

Why should He save us?  I don’t know.  It is His grace, His love, His kindness, and we must simply bow down in worship.

There is something else here, also, which tells us about how needy we are.  Our verse says, “It is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.”

The word translated “helps” means “to take hold of” or “to catch.”  It is a picture of salvation.  Without Christ, we were lost, we were falling down to death and hell.  But He came to save us and He reached down and caught us and rescued us and cleansed us from our sin and lifted us up and clothed us in righteousness and set us free and seated us in Christ in the heavenly places and reserved our place in glory.

“You alone can rescue, You alone can save, You alone can lift us from the grave.  You came down to find us, led us out of death…”

There is one more aspect needs to be said. We’ve spoken about who is saved but what about who does the saving. It is “He”; Christ, God the Son.

The following is from A W Pink (on verse 14 – “since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself partook of the same things”):

The “children” were by nature subject to the common condition of “flesh and blood.” They belonged to that order. They had no say in the matter. That was their state by the law of their very being. But not so with the Lord Jesus. He entered this condition as coming from another sphere and state of being. He was the Son who “thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” He was all-sufficient in Himself. Therefore it was an act of condescension, a voluntary act, an act prompted by love, which caused Him to “take part of the same.”

Arthur Walkington Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1954), 123. Italics mine.

“Amazing love, how can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me.”

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