A few days ago I began to read through the book of Hebrews. Its writer is unknown though some scholars believe it was written by Paul or perhaps Barnabas or even Apollos – both associates of Paul. Its theme is the superiority of Jesus Christ and the New Covenant over the Old Covenant.
As I read along, I read aloud. I marveled at the words of chapter one about the angels who are God’s ministers and flames of fire!
V.7 And of the angels He says:
“Who makes His angels spirits
And His ministers a flame of fire.”
Still, Christ Jesus, God’s Son is the superior One who sits at the Father’s right hand. This is the place of His authority. I read along in chapter two verses seven and eight.
“You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”
Excitement began to mount as I read that all things are in subjection to Jesus! All things. All. Every Last Thing. Every thing that concerns me is in subjection to Christ! The passage continues, “For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left Nothing that is not put under him.” (emphasis mine)
I paused there and thought of all the things I’m facing, what others are enduring and even the groaning of our world as it’s waiting for the Sons of God to be revealed.
But we must continue on and read the remainder of verse 8, “For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.” Yes, we are witnesses to this reality in our world as we daily deal with trials and hardship. I know so many who are carrying such heavy loads. The news daily bombards us in a near deafening clamor of evil personified around the globe. However we cannot stop at verse eight or we might begin to grow weary in the wait.
Verse nine has reverberated in my spirit since I read it a few days ago and it will not let me go. It reads, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”
Did you catch that powerful phrase? It’s what has sounded within me until it feels every cell has taken hold of it! Here it is:
BUT WE SEE JESUS!!!
I can lay my weary head in that place. I gain renewed strength when I park my mind on that statement. My anxious heart beat slows as I refresh myself in that cool stream.
No matter what you and I are in the midst of. No matter what may come your way in the days ahead. No matter how evil rips and roars.
No matter what is on the outside, on the INSIDE where the Spirit of God lives within us, we have perfect vision and though we do not yet see all things put under the feet of Jesus…WE SEE JESUS! How do we see Him? With our spiritual eyes, for the Spirit that lives in us is greater than the spirit that lives in the world.
Many times this week, when anxiety or stress has threatened a choke hold on my peace, I’ve said aloud, “But I see Jesus!”
And in that moment, peace prevails and the trust I place in God, despite all contrary conditions, is renewed and strengthened. Now I’ll be honest, I’ve had to say it over and again. But every time I do, there manifests a calm in my breathing, peace in my spirit and power in the pure name of Jesus Christ for as we read further along in Hebrews, Christ Jesus is the “captain of our salvation.” And no matter what else is happening around us, we keep our eyes on our captain and He will bring us to safety and rest where ALL THINGS are in subjection under His feet.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your Son, Jesus, who sits at Your right hand. Help us to see with spiritual eyes the resources You have given us to overcome every trial and hard situation. Thank You that one day – in Your timing – we will stand in awe at the beauty of Jesus crowned with glory and honor. Until that day, may we SEE JESUS at work in our lives where ALL things are in subjection under His feet. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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