For in bringing many sons to glory, it was entirely appropriate that God—all things exist for Him and through Him—should make the source of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Hebrews 2:10 [ESV]
It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the Salvation Pioneer perfect through suffering as he leads all these people to glory. Hebrews 2:10 [The Message]
The Message so beautifully captures this verse.
God got everything started. He made Adam and Eve in His image. His glory was on display in their perfection. No sin marred His reflection. But then it all went wrong . . .
God kept everything going. Instead of punishing sin with instant annihilation, His mercy kept everything moving along by introducing a model for the sacrifice for sin. Man could pursue God through repenting and then shedding an innocent animal’s blood in order to receive forgiveness. It was brutal. It was violent. It was grotesque. But even this severe manner of atoning for sin was imperfect. A Savior was needed who could finish the atonement through sacrificing Himself. And then mankind, even Abraham, looked toward the future with a longing for the Messiah . . .
God gave His Son as the Salvation Pioneer. A pioneer is one who begins, leads, and finishes something successfully. Jesus did all three. He created, He made provision for sin up until His incarnation, and then made a way for paradise lost to be restored. It was brutal. It was violent. It was grotesque. It was not inflicted on an animal this time but on a man. The cost for sin was displayed on the broken body of Jesus. He was no innocent victim but fully in charge in offering up Himself. And then Jesus called out to sinners to look to Him and live . . .
God perfected our salvation through the Pioneer’s suffering. Future salvation had been secured. Tears, gratitude, and celebration marked the lives of His disciples because He suffered what we could not. We could not give enough, pay enough, or suffer enough to atone for our sins. Only forgiven people, made holy through the shedding of innocent blood, could become sons and daughters. Only Jesus could bring many sons to glory . . .
It’s told so beautifully in Stuart Townend’s modern hymn.
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
I do not turn away from the memory of what was brutal, what was violent and grotesque. Your sacrifice is every before me when I break bread and remember Your broken body. Thank you for bringing me, just one of your daughters, to glory. Amen