Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
HEBREWS 2:8b “FOR IN THAT HE PUT ALL IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIM, HE LEFT NOTHING THAT IS NOT PUT UNDER HIM. BUT NOW WE SEE NOT YET ALL THINGS PUT UNDER HIM.”
God created man to rule creation, but since man rebelled against God; the creation has been allowed to rebel against man. We were made to be kings, but our crown is tarnished, our throne is stained. Instead of rest and ease, we have to labor and toil.
Man was meant to have dominion, but instead, as Paul rightly put it, “Sin hath reigned” (RM 5:21). Instead of being a race of sovereigns, we have been a race of murderers, liars, thieves, and gluttons. The story of humanity is not a pleasant one.
In viewing our world, it is easy to be pessimistic. Nature is in rebellion against us. We hear of earthquakes, floods, famines, and storms. We also groan over our rebellion against God. The news tells us of wars, oppression, cruelty, and selfishness.
We see folly, godlessness, and ineptness, all around us. It would be easy to adopt a position of fatalistic despair. Many do. Believers, however, see something, which rescues them from abject cynicism. We cast our gaze into another world, and the sight enraptures us. What is this heart-lifting sight? What can rescue me from an attitude of despondency? Our author says,
HEBREWS 2:9a “BUT WE SEE JESUS,”
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