1st March 2020

Never Alone

“It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
Hebrews 2:10 (NRSV)

What makes a good leader great? One principle is ‘walk the walk’; meaning a great leader doesn’t ask anyone to do anything that he or she isn’t willing to do.

Once, following a snowstorm, the president of a hospital was out clearing his driveway at 4 am because he wanted to be into work by 7 am. He didn’t have to, but he knew that there were nurses, doctors and others who did. Patients and other co-workers were counting on them. He wanted to show his support, and great leaders make sure you don’t feel alone in your struggles.

The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews talks about how Jesus, the ultimate leader and Saviour of the world, suffered to “become perfect” through suffering (see above). Some might think this says Jesus was imperfect, but what it really highlights is that God’s Son wanted to show he understands how it feels to suffer, because human beings suffer. Fully God and fully man, he wants us to know he experienced what we experience.

Consider what this means for death, the ultimate loss for us: “Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death…Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested” (Hebrews 2:14-15, 18).

As the hospital president who was at work at 7 am to show support for those who worked for him, Jesus Christ meets us in the midst of our suffering. He’s been there, too. He was willing to subject himself to the worst of our human experiences, even death, so that death and the fear of death could no longer hold us in its negative grip.

May you know that in any suffering you encounter, Jesus meets you there.

Prayer
Mighty Father, thank you for your Son who lived the human life and suffered as we suffer—and more so. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study presented by Heber Ticas
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Heber Ticas is an Elder in Grace Communion International and is the Superintend of the Churches in Latin America. He also serves as the National Coordinator for Church Multiplication in the United States.

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