“but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, ‘I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.’” (Hebrews 2:9-12) The author of the letter to the Hebrews is making a case for Jesus’ superiority. Here in chapter 2 he is concluding the section that shows our Lord’s superiority to the angels. What strikes me as most amazing is how he shows that superiority: not by an act of force nor by a miracle of epic proportions. Instead, Jesus shows his power and glory by setting it aside. He enters into the shame of our sin by suffering death upon a cross. In this way, you and I are ushered into glory. And so we have become his brothers and sisters. And he is delighted to point out that we are his kin folks! I love how Stuart Townsend makes this point: “How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure. That he should give his only Son to make a wretch his treasure. How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns his face away. As wounds which mar the chosen One, bring many sons to glory.” What a mighty and loving God we serve!