Grace for Your Day May 2

Psalm 8 gives us one of the greatest descriptions of mankind that has ever been found in the Bible when it says: 
O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength.
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
David’s point in this passage is that mankind is greater than any of the works that God has created. Despite what many today are saying in evolutionary circles, we were not created by accident and we did not descend randomly from the cosmos. Instead, God made us and placed us “a little lower” than Himself.

However, sin has ruined God’s original work in us and it has turned us into something that we are not supposed to be. Its job is to steal, kill, and destroy us until there is nothing left which is what the Book of Hebrews describes in chapter 2. After quoting from Psalm 8, it tells us how Jesus has come to save us from our sins when it states in 2:9:
But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

The Author places this verse in here to say that Jesus has come to restore mankind to what it was originally meant to be. By tasting death for everyone, the Lord has come to restore us to our original dignity. Not only did Jesus save us from the penalty of sin but He saved us from the effects of it because He has reversed the curse. He entered into this world of time and space in order to give us victory over the destructive power of the enemy which is what we are going to talk about this Sunday morning at Grace Fellowship Church.
This week, our sermon is entitled “What is Man that You are Mindful of Him?” We are going to do this because the Book of Hebrews has already told us about the greatness of Christ and how amazing His Person is. However, now He is going to tell us about how great His death is as well by showing us that His death was powerful enough to restore our unfallen humanity. Jesus’ cross is strong enough to bring us back to the initial splendor that we held in the Garden of Eden when the Lord first “put all things under our feet.”

This is also important because mankind does not look very special today. As a result of our sins and shortcomings, we often look more like beasts then men but Jesus has come to change all of that too. His work on the cross made it possible for us to change from our wicked way of life into a people that are truly “crowned with glory and splendor.”  

Please join us as we talk about that on Sunday morning. The service begins at 9:30 and it will be livestreamed on our You Tube Channel for all those who cannot make it in person.