Hebrews 2

One of the main adjectives that describes Christianity best is-paradox.

Hebrews 2:14 “Since therefore the children share in the flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death…”

Christ came and was born in the flesh so that He might die. The divine nature of Jesus could not be killed. God required a sacrifice for sin. Only God was Holy enough to provide a “once for all” sacrifice, fulfilling what was foreshadowed primarily in the Mosaic covenant but also in the Abrahamic with circumcision.

Christ came and was born in the flesh so that He might defeat death. In rising from the dead, Jesus utterly shattered the hold that sin had, not only over our mortal bodies, but especially our spiritual lives. Our bodies will be resurrected, we will be untied with Christ.

The verse above was prophesied all the way back in Gensis 3:15

“I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

This was God prophesying that He would destroy Satan. Make no mistake; this is not a battle of equals. This is an Elephant to an ant. Satan thought by stirring up the people, causing Judas to betray Jesus, and working to have Jesus crucified, that this would be the ultimate victory. The look on his face, and the absolute dread he must have felt when Jesus shouted “It is finished”, and the devil realized what he had done, would have been a sight to behold because this is exactly what God has planned. When the human nature died, the divine nature triumphed and then raised the human nature.

Christ came to die to defeat death. Satan’s biggest victory was Satan’s biggest defeat.

Hence-paradox. And a beautiful thing it is.

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