Hebrews 2:14-18   Devotional


Hebrews 2:14-18 largely speaks to the relationship between Jesus and his followers, particularly in terms of how it impacts our faith. This passage is profoundly relevant to us today, offering insight on how we can interact with and rely on Jesus for help in our daily lives. In this devotion we will reflect on this text and how it relates to our lives.

Scripture Commentary

The motif of verse 14 reads, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things” (ESV). The “children” referenced here is us–believers in Jesus–and “flesh and blood” refers to humanity. By using Himself as an example, Jesus shows us He was human just like us, having a real past that we can connect with. Verse 15 says that He did this so that through death He could “destroy the one who has the power of death,” which is Satan (NIV). In verses 16-17 we learn more about why Jesus became human: “For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants… Therefore he had to be made like them (His people), fully human in every way” (NIV). Being related to us meant Jesus could experience firsthand our temptations and struggles; His obedience revealed His ultimate victory over sin [1]. Finally, verse 18 notes that because He was tempted as we are yet without succumbing to sin [2], we should have confidence “that young into God’s presence He will go” (ESV).

Meaning for Today

We should take comfort knowing that though temptation shouts its siren song at every corner, freedom over its pull is available through Jesus—we just need to seek Him out. Just as Christ endured a sacrificial life filled with suffering so we may be freed from slavery under its draconian rule, so too must we take up our cross if we wish to follow Him (Matthew 16:24). Like Abraham faced his trials head-on despite fears and doubts [3], followers of Christ should trust Him implicitly when tasked with righteous responsibilities before God. When faced with adversity or failure—which can seem insurmountable—Jesus will give strength according to His will [4]. Through Him alone are blessings of redemption accessible; let us take full advantage thereof by relying on Him wholeheartedly each day!

Questions for Personal Reflection

  1. What temptation(s) present themselves most notably in my life lately?
  2. How does recalling Hebrews 2:14-18 affect your outlook when dealing with hardship?
  3. In what ways do I show my obedience to God within my daily routine?
  4. Why am I hesitant when trusting God? How might I grow in this area?

Closing Prayer

Father God, thank You for Your Son Jesus who sacrificed Himself humbly so all may receive Your gracefully offered salvation. Fill me with courage during times of trial as I struggle while walking in faith along this earthly pilgrimage we call life. Help me imitate Abraham’s submission towards righteousness no matter the obstacle or burden given–let me instill unshakeable hope within myself for whatever difficulties lie ahead. And grant me favor whenever I reach out for assistance–not only now but forevermore until eternal rest is mine hereafter! Amen. [1] Romans 5:19 [2] Hebrews 4:15 [3] Genesis 22:11-13 [4] 1 Corinthians 10:13

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