Jesus and Humanity
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Hebrews 2:1-9, Psalm 8:1-9, 1 Corinthians 15:50-57
BY Guest Writer
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 2:1-9, Psalm 8:1-9, 1 Corinthians 15:50-57
Conjunction junction, what’s your function?
Hooking up words and phrases and clauses…
There is a real chance that the beloved Schoolhouse Rock song will now be stuck in your head all day, or if you’re lucky, maybe it won’t. But today’s passage in Hebrews starts with a verse containing the conjunctive adverb, “therefore” (the CSB translates it “for this reason”), so a little grammar ditty may help remind us what exactly a conjunction is and, well, how it functions.
Like a regular conjunction (such as “and” or “but”), a conjunctive adverb connects two words or clauses; however, it also shows the relationship between two ideas. Therefore, the author of Hebrews must be trying to draw a connection for us between two related thoughts. While we can assume the writer didn’t set out to begin the chapter this way (chapters weren’t added to the Bible until the 1200s), we can look back to the preceding chapter to see what the first idea is.
In chapter 1, the author establishes that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He is superior to the angels in authority, as Creator, and in His role as the author of our salvation. In chapter 2, we read that because Jesus is superior to the angels, believers should hold tight to their belief in Him (v.1). That while He is superior to everything and everyone we could ever imagine, He is also the God who remembers us and cares for us (v.6).
At the time of this letter, the original audience of Hebrews was in danger of walking away from their faith. They were persecuted, misunderstood, and targeted for their belief in Jesus Christ. And so the author is writing a book-long defense of believing in Jesus, beginning with this one conjunctive adverb: therefore or
Because Jesus is superior to the angels…
Because His gospel is better than the Law given to Moses…
Because Jesus is co-equal with God, but also because He became fully man…
Because of His signs and wonders and miracles…
Because everything is subjected under His feet…
Because of His suffering and death—
Listen! Don’t drift away.
The temptation to drift away was not just a concern for this audience of Jewish Christians; it is real for all of us, all of the time. From the ancient believers who found themselves facing death or being treated as outcasts because of their faith, to modern-day believers like us who struggle to believe for a myriad reasons, this passage in Hebrews reminds us that our faith is anchored in the person and work of Jesus.
All of Hebrews sings this song: Jesus is who He said He was, and He is who God promised He would be. Therefore, we believe.
Melanie Rainer is a bookworm from birth who makes her days writing, editing, and reading in Nashville, where she also joyfully serves as the editor of Kids Read Truth. She has an M.A. in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary, spends as much time as she can in the kitchen, and can’t wait until her two daughters are old enough to read Anne of Green Gables.