December 23, 2010

Dec. 23: Baby Jesus, pioneer of our salvation

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By Michael Sherer, ITS director
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 2:10-18 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 2:10-18 (NRSV)

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”

Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

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Comments (6)

  1. Michael, this was an inspirational and important commentary, but I did not receive it in my email like I have the other writings. Perhaps no one else did either.

    Lori December 23, 2010 |
  2. Thanks for the note Lori…you are correct. We had a technical problem that we are fixing. They should arrive in mailboxes soon.

    Devotions admin December 23, 2010 |
  3. I just did get it and appreciate your wonderfully inspirational commentary! Thanks so much Micahel.

    Sue B December 23, 2010 |
  4. Thought-provoking! Thanks, Michael.

    Ethel Umble December 23, 2010 |
  5. Michael, thanks for this meaningful message as we near Christmas Day.

    Bob Bontrager December 23, 2010 |
  6. This whole series has been great. It has reminded me daily to slow down, to think, to be grateful…It’s been a flurry of shopping, anxiety, busy-ness…and it’s good–so good-to be reminded to love the spaces and time we have.

    Anne December 23, 2010 |