His story is my story. His story is your story.
He had so much potential … created to do great things and to be in close fellowship with the Loving God. But his story took a hard and calamitous turn. He blew it. He messed up. And his bad turn had disastrous consequences.
His story is one of struggle, one of suffering, one of separation from the God who created him. His story is one that ends in tragedy, despair, death. But the story doesn’t end there. His story didn’t end that way … or in my case it won’t.
For into his story stepped a hero.
This hero came … not like the Hulk, or Batman, or the Wonder Twins. Not a fictional hero but he came into our story as a real human … living the life as was intended for us … to reveal that life — taking our place in the suffering … to redeem our lives — providing a way for us to get back to that for which we were created … to restore our lives.
This hero came … fully God, fully human … to reveal, redeem, restore … me … you!
This hero came … 2000 year ago but still lives. Defeating the fear of death. Destroying the enemy. Declaring us … his family!
This hero came … and His name … Jesus.
Sunday 10-2, I will be sharing about this hero. But you can read about him and what he did before then.
HEBREWS 2.5-18 (esv) … Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? 7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, 8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
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. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,12 saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.”And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.