It’s a verse about Him, but I can’t help take notice of what it says about me. A jaw-dropping truth about the Savior, and a head-lifting reality for those being saved.
Jesus is greater. That’s the big idea of the opening chapters of Hebrews. He’s a greater spokesmen, revealing the will and way of God, than were the prophets of old (Heb. 1:1-3a). He is greater than the angels who all are but “ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). As such, through His earthly ministry, because the Son of God “partook” of flesh and blood and death (Heb. 2:14-15), Jesus is the founder of a greater salvation. And it’s something about that greater salvation that’s captured my thinking this morning.
For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
(Hebrews 2:10 ESV)
The amazing truth here about the Savior? God the Father, for whom and through whom all things exist, determined that the source of salvation, God the Son, should become the perfect savior by fully identifying with those He came to save, so that “being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Php. 2:8).
Stop there, chew on that, and you’ve got yourself a full meal deal. But wait . . . there’s more!
The soul renewing reality for those being saved? He’s bringing us to glory.
Redeemed from the guilt of our sins. Reconciled with the Father. Regenerated from within. Robed with righteousness from above. Released from slavery to death. All aspects of what it means to have been saved. But this morning I’m feeding on the reminder that our salvation is also about the Father’s determination to bring many of the offspring of men into His glory.
To behold His glory. To share in His glory. To forever be His glory. As we head into a new day, through the finished work of the cross and the power of an empty tomb, that’s where the Father is leading us — to glory.
Reminds me we’re not home yet. This world’s not the glory we were saved for.
Reminds me that life now is but a journey. We’re just passing through, even as we seek to shed a bit of light, and sprinkle a little salt, as ambassadors of a different land and messengers with a glorious gospel.
Reminds me that nothing on earth is worth comparing to the prize that awaits the child of God. Anything less than the glory of His presence is but a cheap trinket, unworthy of lasting affection.
Reminds me that just as He perfected the Founder of our salvation, He will perfect those who are being saved. The work He has begun, He will bring to completion. A work in progress, but a work founded on an unalterable promise.
My heavenly Father is bringing many sons and daughters to glory through the abiding ministry — past, present, and future — of His blessed Son.
Lift up your head, dear saint. Your redemption is drawing near.
Through His unfailing, limitless grace. All to behold His everlasting, unimaginable glory.