The Taste of Death

I’m not sure if you’ve ever noticed, but when you read the gospel accounts of the days leading to Jesus’ death and resurrection, not much is said of what happened on the Wednesday before He was crucified on Friday.

Some speculate that He was resting after a long day of teaching in the temple on Tuesday. Others believe He and the disciples were preparing for the Passover on Thursday. Some believe He was spending time with those closest to Him, His family and friends. It is likely that He did all of those things, but, I believe Hebrews 2:9 gives a bit of insight into what He may have been doing on Wednesday.

Hebrews 2:9 says, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” 

Now, it’s hard for me to imagine that … “tasting death for everyone” … would be considered … “crowned with glory and honor”. But, that is exactly what Jesus did. Through His obedience unto death, He brought glory and honor to the Father.

What a reminder of the humility and humanity of Christ, in that He left heaven and all its splendor to suffer and die for us.

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