Jesus and the Destiny of Humanity
“What is man that you think of him[c] or the son of man that you care for him?
7 You made him lower than the angels for a little while.
You crowned him with glory and honor.[d]
8 You put all things under his control.”[e]
For when he put all things under his control, he left nothing outside of his control. At present we do not yet see all things under his control,[f] 9 but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while,[g] now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death,[h] so that by God’s grace he would experience[i] death on behalf of everyone. 10 For it was fitting for him, for whom and through whom all things exist,[j] in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer[k] of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For indeed he who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin,[l] and so[m] he is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters,[n] 12 saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers;[o] in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.”[p] 13 Again he says,[q] “I will be confident in him,” and again, “Here I am,[r] with[s] the children God has given me.”[t] 14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in[u] their humanity,[v] so that through death he could destroy[w] the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), 15 and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. 16 For surely his concern is not for angels, but he is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. 17 Therefore he had[x] to be made like his brothers and sisters[y] in every respect, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement[z] for the sins of the people. 18 For since he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.