Christ’s Superior Solidarity

HEBREWS 2:10-13

Sunday Blessing

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.


– Revelation 1:4-6


Power to Redeem

You take what is

And You make it beautiful

When love floods in

We're restored forever more


With breath that brings

The dead to life

With words that pierce

The dark with light

Only by the blood

Are we set free

With mercy strong

To carry shame

And nail it to a tree

You alone hold

The power to redeem


No guilt competes

With innocence crucified

No grave can hold

What Your grace has justified


With breath that brings

The dead to life

With words that pierce

The dark with light

Only by the blood

Are we set free

With mercy strong

To carry shame

And nail it to a tree

You alone hold

The power to redeem


Rejoice, O child of God

Lift your eyes to see

With every morning light

Remember, we’re redeemed!


Rejoice, O child of God

Lift your eyes to see

With every morning light

Remember, we’re redeemed!


With breath that brings

The dead to life

With words that pierce

The dark with light

Only by the blood

Are we set free

With mercy strong

To carry shame

And nail it to a tree

You alone hold

The power to redeem


You alone hold

The power to redeem

You alone hold

The power to redeem


All I Have is Christ

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ

Hallelujah! Jesus is my life


I once was lost in darkest night

Yet thought I knew the way

The sin that promised joy and life

Had led me to the grave


I had no hope that You would own

A rebel to Your will

And if You had not loved me first

I would refuse You still


Hallelujah! All I have is Christ

Hallelujah! Jesus is my life


But as I ran my hell-bound race

Indifferent to the cost

You looked upon my helpless state

And led me to the cross


And I beheld God’s love displayed

You suffered in my place

You bore the wrath reserved for me

Now all I know is grace


Hallelujah! All I have is Christ

Hallelujah! Jesus is my life


Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone

And live so all might see

The strength to follow Your commands

Could never come from me


O Father, use my ransomed life

In any way You choose

And let my song forever be

My only boast is You


Hallelujah! All I have is Christ

Hallelujah! Jesus is my life


Christ’s Superior Solidarity

Hebrews 2:10-13

Big Idea

Christ’s solidarity with His people is the most liberating, comforting, strengthening, and glorious aspect of HIs ministry in our lives.

Hebrews 2:10-13

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. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying,


“I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”


And again,


“I will put my trust in him.”


And again,


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


THIS IS THE WORD OF THE LORD:

THANKS BE TO GOD!

I. Forerunner

God-sized salvation from beginning to end.


Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?

– Luke 24:26


What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory?

– Romans 9:22-23


Suffering makes complete.


Suffering is an invitation for deeper trust and relationship.


Suffering brings glory.


Brings glory to God the Father.


When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.

– John 13:31-32


I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you.

– John 16:33-17:1


Brings many of us into the glory of the Son.


Forgiveness means refusing to make them pay for what they did. However, to refrain from lashing out at someone when you want to do so with all your being is agony…you are absorbing the debt, taking the cost of it completely on yourself instead of taking it out of the other person. It hurts terribly. Many people would say it feels like a kind of death.

– Tim Keller 


Are you living a life worthy of our Forerunner and Great Captain of our salvation? Are you living your life for the glory of God the Father? Are you seeing suffering as an invitation for deeper trust and relationship? Are you forgiving others the way that God in Christ has forgiven you? 


II. Fraternity

One in Nature 


And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

– Mark 15:34


For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet – I can count all my bones – they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

– Psalm 22:16-18


One in Representation 


Isaiah: Yahweh is salvation 


First Son: Maher-shalal-hash-baz: indicates God’s speedy removal of the enemies of His people 


Second Son: Shear-jashub: a remnant shall return 


One in Interests


“I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.” They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father– even God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

– John 8:38-47

Closing Prayer

O Holy Father, You have freely given Your Son; O Divine Son, You have freely paid our debt; O Eternal Spirit, You have freely bid us come; O Triune God, You have freely given us salvation; What did you see in us, that we poor, diseased, despised sinners should be clothed in Your bright glory? That we, groaning, weeping, dying, should be as full of joy as our hearts can hold? Who can fathom immeasurable love? As far as the rational soul exceeds the senses, so does the spirit exceed the rational in it’s knowledge of You. We marvel that the finite can know the infinite, here a little, but afterwards in fullness of truth. Now we know but a small portion of what we shall now, here in part, there in perfection, here a glimpse, there a glory. To enjoy You is life eternal, and to enjoy is to know. Keep us in the freedom of experiencing Your salvation continually.


Amen. 

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Come to Me

Weary burdened wanderer

There is rest for thee

At the feet of Jesus

In His love so free


Listen to His message

Words of life, forever blessed

Oh, thou heavy laden

Come to Me, come and rest


There is freedom, taste and see

Hear the call, “Come to Me”

Run into His arms of grace

Your burden carried, He will take


Bring Him all thy burdens

All thy guilt and sin

Mercy’s door is open

Rise up and enter in


There is freedom, taste and see

Hear the call, “Come to Me”

Run into His arms of grace

Your burden carried, He will take


Jesus there is waiting

Patiently for thee

Hear Him gently calling

“Come, oh, come to Me”


“Come, oh, come to Me” 

“Come, oh, come to Me”


There is freedom, taste and see

Hear the call, “Come to Me”

Run into His arms of grace

Your burden carried, He will take


Blesséd Assurance

Blesséd assurance, Jesus is mine!

O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood


This is my story, this is my song!

Praising my Savior all the day long!

This is my story, this is my song!

Praising my Savior all the day long!


Perfect submission, all is at rest! 

I in my Savior am happy and blessed

Watching and waiting, looking above

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love


This is my story, this is my song!

Praising my Savior all the day long!

This is my story, this is my song!

Praising my Savior all the day long!


Sending Blessing

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.


– Romans 8:29-30