Become One of Us…
In order to truly defend mankind, Jesus had to become one of us:
Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people. -Hebrews 2:16-17, NAB
In the Jewish tradition, the high priest went to the altar to make sacrifices on behalf of the people. This ritual was the key to receiving forgiveness for their sins. The high priests acted as emissaries of the people – representing them before God the Father.
When Christ came down from heaven, He assumed the role of high priest. Now, for our sins to be forgiven, Jesus stands before the Father as a representative of mankind. Of course, to faithfully represent mankind meant that Christ had to become one of us first.
During the election process in the United States, we vote for representatives to lead our country, and when we do, we choose leaders from our own towns, cities, states, and countries. By being citizens of the areas they represent, our elected officials can better represent the people.
Our elected officials can represent us because they understand the problems of the people. Likewise, Christ can represent us as a citizen of mankind because He knows what it’s like to face temptation. He has felt pain and sorrow. He even tasted death on the cross. In every way, He has become one of us.
Jesus, our High Priest, stands before God seeking atonement for our sins on our behalf. By becoming one of us, Christ brought us freedom from our sins.