GOSPEL MEDITATIONS FOR
THE CONTEMPLATION OF GOD:
Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.
So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.
GOSPEL MEDITATION 18:
Hebrews 2:9 and 2:17
"The Essential Gospel"
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.
Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (ESV)
1. Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
2. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
3. Say the Lord's Prayer.
4. Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer
5. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
6. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
7. Reread it.
8. From memory, determine the central points.
9. In chapter two of Hebrews are two different ways of explaining the essential Gospel by a Jew to Jewish Christians.
10. We do not quickly or easily recognize it as a Gospel presentation, because we are so used to the standard American and Evangelical versions. In Hebrews the clock is turned back to the first generation of the Christian Church within the first century.
11. Verse 9: [Jesus] made lower than the angels means the Incarnation, the Word (Jesus) become flesh. Crowned with glory and honor means His resurrection, ascension, and exaltation following the crucifixion. By grace, Jesus takes death and hell upon himself. This is a very basic and Jewish way to proclaim the work of Jesus.
12. Verse 17: Made like his brothers means the Incarnation, with an emphasis on the humanness of Jesus. [Jesus] become a…high priest means His resurrection, ascension, and exaltation. The mercy (grace) of Jesus as our great high priest comes from His sacrifice or service that is acceptable to God. It is His work of taking the penalty of sin, which is death or the eternal, spiritual separation from God. He thereby satisfied the just demands of a righteous God.
13. Biblical theology reflected upon and grasped is comforting.