Discussion Guide - Jesus: The Founder of Our Salvation (Hebrews 2:10-18)
Monday: Hebrews 2:10-18
Tuesday: Hebrews 2:12; Psalm 22
Wednesday: Hebrews 2:13; Isaiah 8
Thursday: Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 Corinthians 5:53-58
Friday: Hebrews 2:14-15; Romans 5:12-21
To save humans, Jesus himself needed to truly be human.
Regarding angels, the author has so far argued that the Son is superior to angels (1:5-14) and thus deserving of our full attention and obedience (2:1-4). In 2:5-9 he focused on the Son becoming human to restore humanity’s rule over the earth. Now he meditates on why the Son had to be truly human.
Those pressuring the original readers of this letter to return to Judaism were offended by the thought of a suffering Messiah (see 1 Corinthians 1:22-25). But the author says it was “fitting” (v 10) for God’s Messiah to suffer. That is, the cross makes perfect sense when you consider what God is even like (loving, merciful, just, holy, etc.).
As a suffering Messiah, Jesus is the “founder of [our] salvation”. The picture is of a trailblazer who has cleared a path to salvation, one that is fitting for us to follow and includes suffering first and glory second. By obediently walking this path of suffering, Jesus was made “perfect”.
The meaning behind “perfect” here is “complete” or “qualified”. Having lived the full human experience, Jesus gets what it’s like to be us and can represent us before God. And being entirely obedient even to death, he’s uniquely qualified to bring us to God.
In verse 14, the author explains why Jesus needed to become human. Only by death could “the one who has the power of death” be destroyed. Therefore, Jesus became human so that he could die. And by dying, he freed us from the “fear of death” (v 15).
Jesus’s death has thus changed the meaning of death for us. No longer does dying mean separation from God. Because of our trailblazer, it is now the final step in “bringing [us] to glory” (v 10).
In what ways does the fact of death produce “lifelong slavery” in people? How does Jesus’ death transform our perspective on death?
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus is not ashamed to identify with you?
Why was it necessary for Jesus to be fully human? What’s wrong with the idea that he just appeared to be human?
Jesus blazed a path for us to follow that involves suffering first and glory second. Why is it important to remember this sequence? How does focusing on the glory to come help us to endure the trials of the present?
Hebrews 2:10 – “For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.”
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