Central Baptist Church
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Morning Worship Sermon

 
WHY JESUS BECAME A MAN
 
Hebrews 2:5-18
 
 
          What a great passage of Scripture!
          Here is revealed God's eternal plan for the world, His plan for man, and His plan for Jesus Christ.
          It offers a glorious hope for man and his world.
          Even unbelievers who claim not to be Christians recognize that something special is celebrated at Christmas.  Now the greatest cause of celebration is not just the birth of a baby.  The reason we celebrate Christmas is that God came to earth as a human being to so something for us.
 
          As commercial as Christmas has become - there is still a mystery, an awe that most people feel - even if they are not Christians.  It's as if everyone knows that something amazing happened at that first Christmas.
 
          Something amazing did happen!
 
          God became a man!
 
 
          What I want us to do is to see four reasons why God became a man :
 
1.  Jesus became a man to regain our destiny
 
2.  Jesus became a man to recover our unity
 
3.  Jesus became a man to release us from captivity
 
4.  Jesus became a man to relate to us in our frailty
 
 
          Let's look at these :
 
 
1.  Jesus Became A  Man To Regain Our Destiny
 
 
Hebrews 2:5-9 "For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 6  But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7  Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."
 
          Here is man's destiny as revealed by God.
          We find God's original intention for man in :
 
 
Genesis 1:26-28 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
 
 
          Man was created in the image of God and given a mandate to rule over the earth.
          It was a permanent and perfect assignment in a world untainted by sin.
 
          We need to see five aspects of God's original intent for man :
   
1.  Man's priority in God's creation
 
 
Hebrews 2:6 "But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?"
 
 
          Here the author begins to quote Psalm 8:4-6 concerning the state of man in the original creation :
 
 
Psalm 8:4-6"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  6  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:"
 
 
 
          Here David looks up to the heavens on a clear night and he sees the stars and the vastness of space and he asks the question "What is man?"
          The size of the universe and the uncounted billions of  stars form a backdrop against which our planet earth appears very small.
          Yet God gave man the honor of being a steward of planet earth when it was created.
 
          The psalmist goes on to answer his own question :
 
 
Psalm 8:5-6 "For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:"
 
 
          God made man to be king.
          Such is man's destiny.
          But why?  Why should God be mindful of man?
 

          Why should God exalt such a creature as man, who curses, rebels, ignores, neglects, and rejects God?
          Why not go ahead and condemn man to hell?
          Why not just go ahead and give the rule of this world to angels and let them rule and reign for Him?
 
 
2.  We next see man's place in God's creation
 
 
 
Hebrews 2:7 "Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:"
 
 
 
          "a little lower than the angels"
          Man is a physical being, bound by time and space, whereas the angels are not.
          Man is confined to earth, angels are not.
          So man is "lower" than the angels in spite of man's place as intended ruler of the creation.
          One day man will regain his place as ruler of the earth and co-regents of Christ during the Millennium.
 
 
3.  Man's prestige in God's creation
 
 
 
Hebrews 2:7b-8 "....thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him."
 
 
 
          God created man to crown him with glory and honor.  In his unfallen state, man was a glorious being with a noble body, an excellent mind, unbelievable ability, and unusual power.  He possessed everything necessary to control and to rule over the earth, and most of all he could walk and fellowship with God in unbroken communion and worship.
          In the original creation man held the highest of positions upon earth.
 
          There was peace on earth.    
          There was no destruction due to violence.
          No storms, hurricanes, or earthquakes.
          Man was the most noble and most excellent creature imaginable.
 
 
4.  Man's power in God's creation
 
 
Hebrews 2:8a "Thou hast put all things in subjection under his   feet...."
 
         
          We don't know exactly what man's power and authority was like, but he was over "all things."
          When man is one day given the power to rule the earth, all God's creation will be put under man's feet.
 
5.  Man's potential in God's creation
 
 
Hebrews 2:8b "For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him."
 
 
          Man had a place of privilege, glory, and authority in the beginning.
          He lost it all due to sin!
          He is now being redeemed so that ultimately he can reclaim his destiny.
 
 
          "But now we see not yet all things put under Him."
 
 
          Something drastic happened - man's revealed destiny was restricted by Adam and Eve's sin.
          To Eve God said :
 
Genesis 3:16 "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."
 
            The pain of childbirth and the woman's desire to usurp the authority of her husband are direct results of the fall.  Here was the beginning of the women's lib movement.
 
          Then to Adam God said :
 
 
Genesis 3:17-19 "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
 
          Then man was expelled from the garden.
 
 
Genesis 3:22-23 "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 
23  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken."
 
 
          When Adam sinned, the earth was corrupted and he immediately lost his kingdom and his crown.
          Look at what else happened to Adam after the fall.  There was murder within his own family, polygamy, and death.
          By Genesis 6 God is sending a flood to destroy mankind with the exception of one family.
 
          The prince of the earth now is Satan.
 
 
I John 5:19 "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness."
 
 
          He rules the cursed earth which in turn rules sinful man.
          God subjected the earth to this curse in order that man might continually have trouble.
 
          Next we see :
 
 
          God's own intervention for man
 
 
Hebrews 2:9 "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."
 
 
          Look at the connection between verses 8 and 9 :
 
 
Hebrews 2:8-9 "Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."
 
                            
 
          V. 8 -  "we see not yet all things"
 
          V.9 "But we see Jesus"
 
 
          He came to restore to mankind what was lost in the Garden of Eden.  He did this by sending His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us from sin.
 
          Christ is the "last Adam" who came to restore what the first Adam lost.
          He was made a little lower than the angels to suffer and taste death for every man.
 
          "taste" -  To experience or to partake of                
 
          He experienced and partook of death for every man.
 
          "crowned with glory and honour" -  Even when He was here on earth He possessed the honor and glory of God.  Thus He could perfectly obey God, never sinning.
          He stood as the Perfect and Ideal Man of God.  whatever Christ did would stand for man.
 
 
Philippians 2:8 "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
 
          Jesus became a man to recover our unity
 
 
Hebrews 2:10-13 "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. 13  And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me."
 
 
          He did this through suffering and sympathy.  God made Jesus Christ the Captain of our salvation perfect through suffering.
 
         
 
          "perfect" -  Through His death.  We are saved through the perfect death of Christ, not the perfect life of Christ. 
 
          Christ came to earth and completed what God sent Him to do.  This is why He cried out, "It is finished" when He died. 
   
          Jesus became a man to :    regain our destiny
                                                          recover our unity with God
                                                          release us from the fear of death
                                                          relate to us in our frailty
          He came to earth to accomplish all those things for you!
          I pray today that you have received all He has done.