Jesus, Our Pioneer in the Faith
October 5th, 2018 | Hebrews 2:10-18
By definition, a pioneer is someone who explores or settles a new realm. By metaphorical expansion, however, we often use the word pioneer for anyone who accomplishes something for the first time, opening a new way for those who follow.
That metaphor is applied to Jesus when Scripture declares Him “the pioneer of salvation” (v. 10). In fact, Christ is our pioneer in several important ways. For example, He is the first to defeat “the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil” (v. 14). He was made “perfect” in this way (that is, brought this work to completion), only “through what he suffered” (v. 10). Through the cross and resurrection, Christ has pioneered the defeat of death.
Second, Christ’s identity with us means He is a pioneer on our behalf! He did not defeat death for His own sake, or even for the sake of angels (v. 16), but for us. In order to do that, He had to share our humanity completely. He was “fully human in every way” (v. 17)
and shared in our “flesh and blood” (v. 14). Because Christ participates in our identity, Scripture says: “The one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters” (v. 11). Because of our shared identity, His pioneering work now applies to us.
The benefits of Christ’s work are nothing less than salvation! He has freed those who were “held in slavery by their fear of death” (v. 15), and has made “atonement for the sins of the people” (v. 17). And because He has shared in our human suffering, “he is able to help those who are being tempted” (v. 18). A great pioneer indeed!
APPLY THE WORD
Today’s reading offers comfort; Christ also knew suffering. He understands our experience and can help us when we are tempted to despair. But more importantly, He has ultimately defeated the power of suffering and death and brought salvation to us. Share this message today with someone you know who is suffering.
PRAYER | NORTH KOREA
Human rights violations in North Korea are systemic and shocking. Pray God would miraculously work to transform the hearts of North Korean leaders.
Today in the Word’s Devotion is a production of Moody Global Ministries
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