Hebrews - Jesus is Greater: Brother, Captain, King

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the second sermon in our series on the book of Hebrews This sermon is on ‘Brother, Captain, King’. Preacher: Michael Calder. Bible Reading: Hebrews 2:5-2:18

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BIBLE READING: Hebrews 2:5-18

It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified:

“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,

a son of man that you care for him?

You made them a little lower than the angels;

you crowned them with glory and honor

and put everything under their feet.”

In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;

in the assembly I will sing your praises.”

And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again he says,

“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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CONNECT: Write a prayer to thank God for revealing himself in Jesus, detailing all of the phenomenal ways that come to mind in which Jesus is great.

WARM-UP Question

  1. Do you have any siblings? What is the significance of Jesus also being our brother?

READ Hebrews 2:5-9

  1. Do you ever feel like that you don’t matter? Why do you think that could be?

  2. According to these verses (particularly verses 6-8) how is it evident that God cares for us? What does it mean to you to know that you matter and are an image bearer of God?

  3. In what way is it true that Jesus became fully human? What is the significance of this?

  4. To what extent, and in which domains, has God given rule to Jesus? How is Jesus’ rule evident in your life from day-to-day? How would you like it to be?

  5. We know that Jesus suffered death on the cross. What is meant by Jesus ‘tasting’ death for everyone?

READ Hebrews 2:10-18

  1. Does the news that Jesus has brought ‘many sons and daughters to glory’ mean that we should be the object of worship and praise? What does this phrase actually mean?

  2. What is the significance to you that Jesus is the pioneer of salvation? How was this made possible?

  3. How does God make us holy? How do you think holiness should be demonstrated in our lives?

  4. Is there any particular area of your life in which you really struggle with holiness? If comfortable, feel free to share it with the group.

  5. When we become Christians, who now are our brothers and sisters? What are the blessings of belonging to this family?

  6. Have you ever been shamed for following Jesus? Have you ever felt ashamed for following him?

  7. What encouragement is it to you to know that Jesus is never ashamed of us?

  8. How can we be certain that Jesus has definitely defeated death? What does that mean for you?

APPLY: As you go about your week, arriving at your various front lines, take a moment to be reminded of the amazing news that Jesus is your brother!

PRAYER

 Heavenly Father, thank you that Jesus became fully human and would become our brother! Thank you that because Jesus tasted death that we can be certain that death has been defeated! Please help us to grow in our understanding of this reality, that we might rejoice in you and be transformed in your likeness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN

Discuss as a family what it means that Jesus was fully human.