A Reason To Worship The Incarnate Christ This Christmas

Hebrews 2:14-16
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.

The incarnation is good news for those who are tempted.  Christ (who is %100 God) took on the fullness of flesh and blood (%100 man).  The fact that he suffered when tempted shows his full humanity (v. 18), and the fact that he perfectly obeyed the will of the Father in everything shows his divinity.  Thus Christ is perfectly sufficient to “help those who are being tempted” (v. 18).

Because of the incarnation of Christ, Jesus can and is now perfectly mediating us to God.

From the Reformation Study Bible:
Being human, Jesus could not conquer temptation without a struggle, but being divine it was His nature to do His Fathers will (John 5:19, 30), and therefore to resist and fight temptation until He had overcome it.  Since His human nature was conformed to His divine nature, it was impossible that He should fail in the course of His resistance.  It was inevitable that He would endure temptation to the end, feeling their entire force, and emerge victorious for His people.  From Gethsemane we know how acute and agonizing His struggles were.  The happy result for us is that because “he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Heb. 2:18).

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