“It was fitting for God, for Whom and through Whom all things exist, to make the pioneer of (our) salvation perfect through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:10)
This is a very curious verse?
I mean, why would Someone Who was already perfect need to be made perfect?
The answer to this question ties in, nicely, with our Good Friday thoughts.
We don’t think about it very much, but God didn’t just want to meet our spiritual needs (provide salvation, while remaining distant) – He wanted to connect with us in every manner possible. He had to be made like us, in every way possible.
The Bible makes the point that Jesus left His heavenly home and came to be born of a woman, live an earthly life, and die an earthly death. Just like every one of us. He was subject to hunger, weariness, injuries, and pain. He was effected by sorrow, grief, sadness, and disappointment. Just like every one of us.
Sometimes we miss this… God could have accomplished His purpose of redeeming us in any way He desired. He could have done this without coming to visit us. He certainly could have done this without becoming one of us.
He could have, for example, just sent a rock from heaven, placed it on some tall mountain, and anyone who would make the effort to climb the mountain and touch the rock, would be redeemed. Simple. Easy. Maybe even something we might expect Someone of God’s eminent (high and holy) stature to do. Why get your hands dirty messing with us lowly and frustrating humans?
But, amazingly, He chose to redeem us BY coming to walk among us – and by becoming one of us. He “laid aside His godly privileges and took on human form.”
This tells us something very important about God. He is not just interested in the results. He is interested in… us. He is interested in the journey. He is interested in connecting with us on every possible level.
This is confirmed by Jesus’ life and ministry. He could have just set up a chair on the hillside and offered help (by appointment) – for those He deemed worthy of His divine help. Stay secluded. Stay sanitary. Stay as uninvolved as possible.
But it was like He could not help Himself. He just had to travel around to where the people were. He could not remain detached. He just had to go to them, meet them on their “turf,” and feel their pains, emphathize with their griefs, sympathize with their maladies. And embrace them with God’s love and power.
If Jesus showed us nothing else, He showed us that this is the Heart of God for us.
What makes Jesus so worthy of all our love is the fact that He was “God with us,” and He has experienced everything we face. Everything that is wrong with this world, everything that brings us sorrow and sadness… He has felt and experienced Personally. He knows what we are going through. Jesus has been there. Done that.
And in order for Him to be “perfect” for us, He had to fully embrace everything we face. In a world defined by pain and suffering, and to truly be our Savior… Jesus just had to suffer as we suffer. The God Who loves us could do no less…
Prayer focus: God, help me to seek Your connection with me, everyday.