It was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.Hebrews 2:10
by John MacArthur, Drawing Near: Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith
Key Principle: Through His death, Christ became the perfect leader for His people.
As we look at what Christ has done, we must never forget that He was fulfilling the sovereign plan of God. The writer of Hebrews tells us it was “fitting” in God’s sight for Christ to bring “many sons to glory.” That means that everything God did through Christ was consistent with His character.
The cross was a masterpiece of God’s wisdom. It displayed His holiness in His hatred of sin. It was consistent with His power—Christ endured in a few hours what it would take an eternity to expend on sinners (and even then, sinners couldn’t atone for their own evil). The cross also displayed God’s love for mankind. And Christ’s death on the cross agreed with God’s grace because it was substitutionary.
To bring “many sons to glory,” God had “to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” The Greek word translated “author” (arche-gos) means “pioneer” or “leader.” It was commonly used of a pioneer who blazed a trail for others to follow. The arche-gos never stood at the rear giving orders; he was always out front blazing the trail. As the supreme arche-gos, Christ has gone before us—He is our trailblazer.
Life seems most anxious and dreadful when death is near. That’s a trail we cannot travel by ourselves. But the author of our salvation says, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19). Only the perfect pioneer could lead us out of the domain of death and into the presence of the Father. All you have to do is put your hand in His nail-scarred hand and He will lead you from one side of death to the other. Then you can say with the Apostle Paul, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:55).
Suggestions for Prayer: Praise God for all His attributes—specifically for each one displayed in Christ’s death for you.
For Further Study: Read Hebrews 5:8-9 and 1 Peter 2:19-25. How do those verses expand on Hebrews 2:10?