Hebrews 21That is why we must listen very carefully to the things we have heard. We must never forget them. 2What the angels said proved to be true. Every one who broke the law, and who did not obey it, was punished as he should be punished. 3If that is so, then we will not get away without being punished. We will be punished if we forget or throw away this wonderful way to be saved. It was the Lord who first told people how to be saved. Then those who heard him told us the true way. 4God also proved that it was the true way. He gave signs. He did things that surprised people. He did many things by his power. He gave the gifts of the Holy Spirit to people just as he wanted to. 5God did not put the next world under angels for them to rule over. That is the world we are talking about. 6In one place the holy writings say, ‘What is man and why do you think about him? What is the Son of a Man and why do you care about him? 7You made him lower than angels for a little while. But then you made him very great and high. 8You put everything under him for him to rule over.’ When God gave him the right to rule over everything, nothing was left out which he did not have the right to rule. But we do not yet see him ruling over everything. 9But we do see Jesus! For a short time he was lower than the angels. Because he died, we see him made great and high. He did this so that he could die for every person. God is so good! 10Everything was made for God and by God. It seemed good to him that Jesus’ life should be made complete, by going through the hard things that happened to him. This was because Jesus leads many people to heaven as God’s children. And he is the one who saves them. 11Jesus, who makes people holy, and those who are made holy, all have one Father in heaven. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers. 12He said, ‘I will tell my brothers about you. I will sing praise about you among those who gather together for worship.’ 13He also said, ‘I will trust God.’ And again, ‘Here am I and the children God has given to me.’ 14God’s children all have a body. That is why Jesus himself had the same. But because Jesus also had a body, he was able to die and stop the devil. The devil has power to make people die. But Jesus, by his own death, was able to stop the power of death. 15People were afraid to die. All their lives they were like slaves. When Jesus died, he was able to set them free from their fear. 16Jesus did not come to help angels. He came to help people who were born in Abraham’s family. 17So he had to be made like his brothers in every way. Then he could be a high priest to make a way to God for them, a priest who was kind and true. He could make it possible for God to forgive people for the wrong things they had done. 18He had a very hard time when he was tested. But because he was tested, he is able to help people who are tested.
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