Jesus sets us free to live
Hebrews 2: 14-18 (GNT)
14 Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, 15 and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death. 16 For it is clear that it is not the angels that he helps. Instead, he helps the descendants of Abraham. 17 This means that he had to become like his people in every way, in order to be their faithful and merciful High Priest in his service to God, so that the people's sins would be forgiven. 18 And now he can help those who are tempted, because he himself was tempted and suffered.
Jesus knows what it means to be human.
Jesus knows what it means to be you and me.
Jesus knows our strengths, we know some of them ourselves.
Jesus knows our weaknesses, that part of us we would rather ignore.
We are complicated imperfect people and during this last year we have had more time to reflect and realise this. What I also hope we have realised is that Jesus loves the complicated imperfect person that we are, forgiven and set free to live life in all its fullness. We may fear death but we also fear being unworthy, not good enough. Jesus comes to set us free from all those fears.
One benefit of this last year for me has been the time to explore a whole new raft of Christian songs. There is one which says, “I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day. And I don’t borrow from the sunshine for its sky may turn to grey. And I don’t worry o’er the future for I know what Jesus says and today I’ll walk beside him for he knows what lies ahead. Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.” (Listen to The Petersens ‘I know who holds tomorrow’ on YouTube.)
We thank you that you know us inside out, love us with a perfect love, and invite us to live life with you, releasing us from all our fears and failings. Help us to lay tomorrow into your hands and simply walk beside you this day. Amen.