The Vision of Jesus in the Church Through All Ages
Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor…

Did you ever know the power of a picture, the portrait of some beloved friend, over the life and the heart? Did you ever hang the portrait of some cherished darling in the household room — a departed friend, a mother, a wife, a husband, or a child — some friend especially related to your sympathies and affections? And have you not noticed and felt what a character that portrait gives to the room? If the memory is especially prized, how the eye turns to it as it enters the room, and how the eye out of the portrait seems to follow you, not so much spectrally as spiritually, while in the room! That portrait will quiet the heart when it is in its state of fever, heat, and impulse. Mighty over the heart is the portrait, of the loved departed friend. But what is that compared with the power of the portrait of Jesus hung up in the human soul? For is not the soul, too, a mighty chamber — a room through which the powers and faculties wander and stray? There are some men whose souls are exchanges, money markets, or shops; but holy souls hang up within, the charmed and charming portrait of Jesus, and the, the spirit of the portrait turns the chamber into a palace — say rather into a dear household room. "We see Jesus."

I. THE WHOLE OF THIS EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS IS A TRIBUTE OF HOMAGE TO THE DIVINISED HUMANITY OF OUR LORD. How richly it abounds in "strong consolations" to believing souls, founded on the sympathy of His nature and character! How it meets our human necessities! For, while it is true that we could not do without the strength of the eternal Divinity of our Lord, we feel it to be no less true that we could not do without the tenderness of His humanity; and this is the relation which, throughout the whole of this Epistle, is put by the apostle with such forcible beauty — "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest" (Hebrews 4:14-16; again, Hebrews 7:24-26: again, in that magnificent peroration to the whole, Hebrews 11:1-3).

II. AND THIS CONSOLATION PRESSED OUT OF THE SIGHT OF JESUS ARISES FROM THE VARIETIES OF HIS POWER, It is very beautiful to divide His character in His relation to us as it has been divided by Scripture, and by the experience of Christians of all ages into Jesus the Prophet, Jesus the Priest, and Jesus the King. And we receive Him in this order. We see Jesus the Prophet in all the actions of His life as He went about doing good. "Rabbi, I know Thou art a teacher sent from God." "We see Jesus." He is our Priest" Harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners." At once Priest and Sacrifice. "On Him is laid the iniquity of us all." I see Him standing vested in the beauties of His own holiness — nor have I any desire to own a righteousness which is nut His; it is not less happy than safe to hide in the foldings of His robe, and to feel that in His purity there is power — power to make "the scarlet crime whiter then snow." "We see Jesus" as our King. It is our privilege and pride to see Him moving among and over the affairs of the world, "walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks," and proclaiming, "I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." Thus everywhere, and in all ages, Jesus is power. Oh! what a chronicle is ,flat, the history of things and deeds wrought in "the name of Jesus." All beings know Jesus. "Jesus we know, and Paul we know, hut who are ye?" There is power in the name of Jesus. There is power in the vision of Jesus. The value of all Christian service is there. The value of all worship rendered is in this: "We see Jesus."

III. THE EVER-PRESENT POSSESSIVENESS OF THE TEXT, "We See JESUS" — "JESUS CHRIST, THE SAME YESTERDAY, TO-DAY, AND FOR EVER." "We See Jesus," says Paul, perhaps, in prison at Rome. There is something very striking in the contempt expressed by Festus on the trial of Paul: "one Jesus" I said he. Ah, how little a person to poor Festus seemed "one Jesus"; but this "one Festus" has quite passed away from the world's knowledge, and his name would not be known, his shadow would not be seen if it were not for this "one Jesus" saving it from utter obscurity. Names are the signs of things, and the name of Jesus has survived all shocks; it has passed almost unchanged into all languages. All else seems to perish, it never; like a conservative element it leavens all languages with. out losing its own identity.

(E. Paxton Hood.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

WEB: But we see him who has been made a little lower than the angels, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for everyone.

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