The whole reality of Christmas is absolutely amazing and transforming when you realize that the same Son who is expressed as the “radiance of the glory of God,” is also the Son who is the “merciful and faithful high priest.” Yes, the Christ at the center of Christmas is fully God and fully man in one person, which is why Paul is able to state precisely about Christ, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”
Are you aware that the hardest truth to protect from distortion is not the deity of Christ but his humanity? For instance, how is it possible that God could experience hunger, thirst, weakness, temptation to sin, and even death? This Scripture passage, in Hebrews, clearly focuses on the contrast between the one described as “God” with the one described as “human.”
The reality of Christmas asserts that in order to accomplish our salvation and sanctification, Jesus had to be both. Therefore, the writer of Hebrews identifies two realities that are the result of Jesus being the merciful and faithful high priest?
- God’s holy wrath against sin has been satisfied – Hebrews 2:14-17; 9:11-14
- Our holy living before God is being supported – Hebrews 2:18; 4:14-16; 10:10-18