The author of Hebrews remains a mystery. Whoever it is, though, is encouraging the recipients of this letter to remain in Christ and not return to Judaism.
I love the Psalm they quoted in chapter one:
“Lord, in the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. Even they will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing…but you are always the same; you will never grow old.” 1:11, 12
Chapter two ends with the reminder that Christ became like us and experienced what we experienced. “Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.”
Jesus, while being completely man and completely God, experienced suffering and death. He went through adolescence. He had parents. He got jobs, maybe he lost jobs. He had trouble sleeping. If you read any of his interactions with the disciples, you realize that even without having his own kids, he’s the most relatable parent in the world (read: needs endless patience, repeats himself a lot and is rarely obeyed in full). He mourned deaths. He felt left out. He knows what life feels like and he’s with us. This convicted me this morning. If I am to be Christ-like, shouldn’t I imitate this reliability?
Am I stepping into people’s circumstances with them?
Am I someone people can count on?
Am I using my experiences, good and bad, to help people?
With all this in mind, I am not the answer to people’s problems. But, I believe I have the answer. And I also feel called to relate to people the way God relates to me. To be an available presence, to practice hospitality, to give grace, to listen, to ask and to empathize.