“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.” (2:10)
Jesus’ ability to relate to us is a major theme in this book. Unfortunately, a main feature of the human experience is suffering.
At even my young age, I feel my life is full-up on suffering, and I would like to side-step it as much as possible (can we say “avoid it like the plague” right now?).
I’m sure we all have our ways of self-preserving to avoid pain, but this is unfortunately the least Christ-like thing about us. He dove straight into our mess and suffered intensely. The implications of that will continue to unfold throughout the book of Hebrews.
What is your current “suffering”? What are you most afraid of?
I think everyone is pretty on edge right now, and I would strongly encourage everyone to not hide, medicate, or stress-eat the stockpile. Instead, bring theses worries to the LORD and discuss it with Him.
Spending a year in Italy by myself was confronting my greatest fear of isolation, alone with my thoughts! But what came out of that time was a deeper health in my soul. While everyone is in quarantine right now, press on to know the LORD and don’t be afraid to face your inner self, with Him.
Spend time quieting your mind to pray, and don’t forget that Jesus is at the right hand of the LORD, familiar with suffering, ready to intercede on our behalf.