The Letter explores the meaning of Jesus for the Christian, and how our faith in Jesus relates to the faith in YHWH, God, and the Jewish cult.
We see in Jesus one who was for a short while made lower than the angels and is now crowned with glory and splendour because he submitted to death; by God’s grace he had to experience death for all mankind.
As it was his purpose to bring a great many of his sons into glory, it was appropriate that God, for whom everything exists and through whom everything exists, should make perfect, through suffering, the leader who would take them to their salvation. For the one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock; that is why he openly calls them brothers.
Jesus brings to fulfilment, perfectly achieving, all that was looked for in Judaism. He is Son of God, and he is, in his humanity, the perfect respondent to the law of God.
And the maybe more startling thing is that this is for us, to share with us what God longs to share.
- How do you live communion with God today?
- How might you share it with others?
The Crucifixion by Raphael, in the collection of the National Gallery, London.