Devotional: ‘The Son Pleased the Father When He Tasted Death’

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Jesus said: “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” (Jn 8:29) It is the supreme desire of the Son to always do those things that will please His Father. The title ‘Christ’ refers to the Son’s dedication to do just this. ‘Christ’ (New Testament) and ‘Messiah’ (Old Testament) means – “Anointed One.” God the Son has become the Christ in that He has been anointed to do His Father’s will.

During our study this week we are going to concentrate on four major things the Son has done or is doing that pleases His Father. I pray that you will be blessed by this study. Our four truths can be found in Hebrews 2:9-18.

1) The Son Pleased the Father When He Tasted Death for Every 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.

According to Ephesians chapter 1, before God laid the foundation of the world, and even before we had ever sinned – God devised a plan whereby He could save us. Surprisingly enough, this plan centers on the death of His Son.

We have seen in previous studies that the Son is superior to the angels in many ways. He is the Creator and they are only the created. Yet, though the Son is superior to the angels, He made Himself a little lower than the angels. When did Christ do this? He did so when He became a man.

When the Son became a man, He was given a very special name – Jesus. The angel said to Joseph – “Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Mt 1:21) The name Jesus means: “Jehovah is salvation.” Notice how the author of Hebrews now begins to use the name – Jesus.

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.

Up until this point, he has referred to our Savior as ‘the Son.’ But now he refers to Him as Jesus. Why the change? The name Jesus reveals the reason why the Son was made a little lower than the angels. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death… that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

God the Son pleased God the Father when He became a man and died on the cross for our sins. The writer of Hebrews says that Jesus ‘tasted death for every man.’ The theologian James Moffatt explained that taste means: “a bitter experience, not a rapid sip.” Our Savior drank the bitter cup in its fullness when He poured out His life upon the cross.

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