Why Did God Become a Man?
What causes you to drift away from the truth you know? Is it discouragement, desires, disappointment?
What is it?
That was one of the the questions we were presented with in week 2 of our Better series as we continue to journey through the book of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews also answered another very important question, why did God become a man?
After emphasizing Jesus’ deity in chapter 1, the author zooms in on Jesus’ humanity in order for us to realize this beautiful reality:
I am a woman or man of God, ONLY because God became a man!
Why did God become a man?
He did it for 3 primary reasons:
- To identify with us
- To make us like Him
- To deliver us from bondage
Our author does two things in this chapter, he gives us a caution and he gives us a command in order to answer the question of why God became a man:
- Caution – don’t drift away, verses 1-4
- Command – pay attention, verses 5-18
For this reason, we must pay attention all the more to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.
The phrase, “for this reason,” refers to what was said in chapter one. Jesus, who God created the world through, who is the radiance of God’s glory, who has the final say, who is greater than angels, who holds the world together by the word of His power and who sits at the right hand of the Father is someone whom we should pay attention to.
If we don’t pay attention to His word, we’ll drift away.
Drift – Greek word pararreo
- be carried slowly by a current of air or water.
- walk slowly or casually. To move aimlessly or involuntarily into a certain situation or condition.
- be blown into heaps by the wind. A continuous slow movement from one place to another. Deviation from an intended course because of currents or winds. Motor Racing a controlled skid, used in taking bends at high speeds.
You and I are always drifting.
The question is: in what direction?
Are you drifting towards Him or away from Him?
I love the use of nautical imagery, the idea of drifting away carries the idea of moving away from God. Two things addressed with the idea of drifting; I can row in the wrong direction which would be tantamount to sins of commission or I can refuse to row at all and drift away, which could be sins of omission.
What causes you to drift from God?
- Desires – individual desires can cause us to drift and even corporate desires like churches that want to be liked and they drift away from sound doctrine.
- Dehydration – spiritual dehydration by not drinking from the well that never runs dry, by not surrendering to the living water known as Jesus.
What do you need to do to drift away from God?
How do we keep from drifting away?
2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus involves spending time with Him in His word, with His people and meditating on His presence.
1 Timothy 4:16
16 Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
Last week we talked about the difference between general and special revelation and His Son is special revelation. The point of all of this is:
God doesn’t just want you to know about Him, He wants you to know Him!
As you pursue Him by spending time in His word, it’ll keep you from drifting away.
Let us all fix our eyes on Jesus Christ in order to avoid drifting away (Heb. 12:2).
Listen to the Full Message: He Identifies With Us
Remember, in Him you’re victorious, you’re valued, you’re loved and you have purpose!