‘…a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God...’ Hebrews 2.17
Another beautiful aspect of this verse is the way that Jesus is described as being faithful to God.
Jesus was sent to show us what Father God is really like, to bring about a full reconciliation between God and us, and to continue his ministry amongst us through the work of the Holy Spirit.
The writer to the Hebrews says that Jesus is faithful in all that he does. In other words, Jesus has done, and is still doing, all that he was given to do. He has fully revealed to us the nature of God, has done everything necessary to reconcile us to God and is utterly faithful to God in the work that he still does amongst us.
It is so easy to start asking questions: “Do I really matter to God?” “Am I the sort of person that he would touch?” This verse says that it is not about us. It is about the faithfulness of Jesus as he serves his Father. God sent Jesus for the whole world, which means for every person in the world - including you. Jesus has been faithful to God, so there is no way that he would exclude you or leave you out of what he came to do.
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