A Warning against Drifting Away
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered
through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what
makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then
delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles
and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
Jesus, the Man
And furthermore, it is not angels who will control the future world we are talking about. For in one place the Scriptures
“What are mere mortals that you should think about them,
or a son of man that you should care for him?
Yet you made them only a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them authority over all things.”
Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority.
What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he
is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. God, for whom and through whom
everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his
suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.
So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and
sisters. For he said to God,
“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.
I will praise you among your assembled people.”
He also said,
“I will put my trust in him,”
that is, “I and the children God has given me.”
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human
being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way
could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.
We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was
necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and
faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he
himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.