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Reference: Hebrews 2:14 New Living Translation (NLT)

"Because God's children are human beings - made of flesh and blood - the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death."

Having been strengthened in Gethsemane by an angel from heaven, Jesus went ahead and died as a human being, for only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Beloved, when the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took His clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. And the Scripture clearly described Jesus' garment as seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, meaning that He was designer-conscious while He walked the earth (John 19:23 NIV). So it is of paramount importance to grasp the truth that Jesus was very human while He functioned on earth. He didn't only enjoy good wears, He also wept as a human, which denotes His ability to sympathise with pain and suffering, and express sorrowful memories with deep emotions (John 11:33-35 NIV).

Zero wonder Isaiah 53:3 mentioned that He was a man of sorrows, well acquainted with grief (KJV). So when the author of the book of Hebrews says, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses," it simply means that He could identify with human nature, because within His earthly activities, He experienced some state of concerns, practically consistent with the attributes of human nature. In Matthew 26:37, the Bible says, "And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and troubled" (NIV), which is an expression of a troubled soul.

Jesus persevered to the cross to obtain an undeniable proof of victory, with fixity of eternal purpose, which the righteous God would shortly reward. He broke the power of the devil, who had the power of death. How did Jesus break the power of the devil? Colossian 2:15 reads, "In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross" (NLT). Jesus made a mockery of every satanic authority openly, and led Satan and His principalities and powers captive in their own territories or domain, and rendered the infernal powers of darkness impotent.

It's important to understand that Jesus accomplished this victory by His flesh and blood, strengthened by an angel ahead of His triumph. By abolishing the ordinances of the law, and its record of the charges that stood against us, He took it away by nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14 NLT). And in the end, He brought us eternal salvation, which we have received by faith. Now we can demonstrate our faith in His finished work, according to His glorious gospel. Stay tuned for part 5. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Isaiah 53:5; Philippians 2:8-11; Romans 6:8-11; Revelation 1:5-6.

Exuberant Declaration:

Through His perfect sacrifice, the Lord Jesus Christ removed every hinderance in my personal relationship with Supreme Deity, and today, I thank the Lord, that I do not need to take any indirect way of reaching out to the throne room of grace and mercy. Blessed be God!


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