"What is man that You are mindful of him,
the Son of Man that You care for Him?
You made Him a little lower than the angels;
You crowned Him with glory and honor
and put everything under His feet."
In putting everything under Him,
God left nothing that is not subject to Him.
Yet at present we do not see everything subject to Him.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels,
now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death,
so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
In bringing many sons to glory
it was fitting that God,
for whom and through whom everything exists,
should make the Author of their Salvation
perfect through suffering.
Both the One who makes men holy
and those who are made holy
are of the same family.
So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.
"I will declare Your Name to My brothers;
in the presence of the congregation
I will sing Your praises."
"I will put My trust in Him."
And again He says,
"Here am I, and the children God has given Me."
Since the children have flesh and blood,
He too shared in their humanity
so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death---
that is, the devil---
and free those who all their lives
were held in slavery by their fear of death.
For surely it is not angels He helps,
but Abraham's descendants.
For this reason He had to be made like His
brothers in every way, in order that He
might become a merciful and faithful
High Priest in service to God,
and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.
Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted,
He is able to help those who are being tempted.
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the
fix your thoughts on Jesus,
the Apostle and High Priest whom we confess.
...Therefore, since we have a Great High Priest
who has gone through the Heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
For we do not have a High Priest who is unable
to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but we have One who was tempted in
every way, just as we are
---yet was without sin.
Let us then approach the Throne of Grace
with confidence, so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help us in our time of need.
~Hebrews 2:7b-3:1, 4:14-16
Pictures, thanks to Grieving Mothers, Barbara Karrer
Poem - A Cry to Heaven, and God's Response - Angie Bennett Prince - July 9, 2012
Scriptures - from the New International Version of God's Holy Word