TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”
Hebrews 2:9 ESV
JESUS WANTS TO HELP US BY TASTING DEATH
One day a traveler was driving down a back country road when he noticed that there was a three-legged chicken running alongside his car. He stepped on the gas but at 50 miles per hour, the chicken was still keeping up. After about a mile of running, the chicken ran up a farm lane and into a barn behind an old farmhouse. The salesman turned around and drove up the farm lane. He knocked at the door and when the farmer answered he told him what he had just seen. The farmer said that his son was a geneticist and he had developed this breed of chicken because he, his wife and his son each like a drumstick when they have chicken and this way they only have to kill one chicken. “That’s the most fantastic thing I’ve ever heard,” said the salesman. “How do they taste?” “I don’t know,” said the farmer. “We’ve never caught one.”
Jesus suffered and “tasted” death so that anyone who would believe in Him could be forgiven and saved. Yesterday, we saw in Hebrews 2:8 that we do not currently see everything in life under control. But today, in Hebrews 2:9 we are reminded that we do see Jesus doing what’s necessary to restore Creation to God’s original place of order. Jesus died in our place so that we might experience and taste the grace of God.
There are times as a child we were told we had to eat everything on our plate before we had to get up from the table. Maybe you can remember the vegetable or meat that you never wanted to eat. When Jesus “tasted death,” He was in a sense clearing our plate for us so we would not have to die in our sins. Thank Jesus for “clearing” your plate. Thank Him for grace.