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Our very present help

We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. Hebrews 2:16-18

From the text, two facts about Christ’s coming to this world were highlighted. First, Christ did not come to take the nature of angels, thus, helping them, but to take on the nature of humans so He can save them. The verse says, “he came to help the descendants of Abraham.” Jesus’ death at the cross provided an opportunity to those who will believe and place His trust on Him as spiritual “descendants of Abraham.” Abraham was made right before God by His faith. “‘For the Scriptures tell us, ‘Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith’” (Romans 4:3). “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you” (Gal. 3:29). Christ’s death at the cross made it possible for those who will trust Him by faith to be righteous before God. Second, Jesus taking the form of humanity, He became a “merciful and faithful High Priest before God.” The suffering He went through while here on earth allowed Him to be sympathetic to what we are going through and facilitated God’s forgiveness of our sin. He did not flinch in the face of death so He could atone for our sin. Because Jesus took the form of a man, He had shown to us that we can trust Him. Because He suffered, He can identify with us in our suffering and will provide us strength to help us not be overcome by temptation. Jesus’ victory over temptation provided us example to follow. He is with us so He can guide us navigate in the dangerous waters of temptation. The salvation we received from God will produce the godliness God had purposed to accomplish in us. As we continue to listen to Jesus through His word and follow Him by faith, will help us not to easily give in to evil and self-centeredness. Let us not consider anymore any alternative. “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).



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