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Hebrews 2:8-9

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Hebrews 2:8-9, ‘we do not yet see everything in subjection to Him. But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.’

Notice the distinction between the two ‘sights’ in these verses:

First, we do *not* see everything in subjection God’s designs in Christ. We look around us and see a culture that rejoices in that which opposes the heart of God, celebrating—as it were—the spikes that nailed Jesus to the cross…we see a world shattered by in-fighting and tribalism, by envy and rivalry, by diabolical distortions of power and justice, and by the brute force of nature in her agonies. We turn our eyes to the experience around us and we do *not* see everything in subjection to Him…Indeed, if we were to evaluate based solely on empirical observation, we could be justified in abandoning hope.

But, verse 9 mentions a different sight: We do *not* see the harmony of God’s glory in the tumults of the world around us…but we *do* see something else, something that is seen not with material eyes by the light of this world, but by the eyes of faith in the light of God Himself, namely, we see Jesus Christ—the very one who was crucified upon the cross of this world’s brokenness, upon the rack of the curse, upon the intersecting beams of human rebellion and divine judgment—we see this same Jesus Christ now crowned with glory and honor *precisely because* of His Death.

That is to say, in Christ, we see where Death ends…we see where the tumults and chaos of the world that seem so ascendant, so dominant, so all-encompassing—in the Risen Crucified One, we see where ALL of that is headed, namely, it will be—as with Christ’s suffering of Death—transfigured to a crown of glory and honor shining on the brow of the Risen Lord.

For the one trusting in the Crucified Jesus as their Risen Lord, the glory-crowned Christ *is Himself* ‘Exhibit-A’ of what God will do with every splintered fragment of the cursed cosmos, namely, transfigure it to His Beauty and the Blessedness of His blood-secured people.

Christian, Hope in Him.