Grace for Your Day May 9

It has been said that Jesus has close to 200 different names and titles in the Bible. While it is impossible to mention all of them in such a short blog such as this, the following is a sample of them.

Alpha and Omega – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13).
The Advocate – “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).
The Bread of Life – “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst’” (John 6:35).
The Beloved Son of God – “And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).
The Bridegroom – “And Jesus said to them, “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast” (Matthew 9:15).
The Chief Cornerstone – “Jesus is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief cornerstone” (Acts 4:11).
The Deliverer / Rescuer – “And we wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the dead” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
Faithful and True – “I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11).
The Good Shepherd - “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
The Head of the Church – “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:22).
The Great I Am – “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58).

I mention all of that because the Book of Hebrews gives us another title for Jesus when it states in Hebrews 2:10:
For 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.

The title “author “is the Greek word archegos which refers to a person who leads the way for others to follow. He clears a path for them to walk through and the Author mentions it here because that is what Jesus has done for us on the cross. He did not just tell us how to get to heaven but He showed us how to get there. He did not just give us a few tips on how to be saved and leave it at that. He went on ahead of us in order to secure our place by His side.

This passage says that Jesus was able to do that because He suffered. He could lead us to Heaven because He went through all the pain and misery that we do but He overcame in order to demonstrate that we can do the same. We can be triumphant over all the evils of this life if we believe in Him which is what we are going to talk about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

This week, we are going to talk about “The Author of Our Salvation” in order to highlight the fact that our salvation is secure. It is a settled thing because Jesus took care of everything that was needed in order to make us right with God. As the Hymn Writer says, “No power of Hell, no scheme of man can ever pluck me from His hand."

He also showed us that we have nothing to fear. We have no reason to be afraid as we go through this world of sin and hardship because Jesus made it safely to the other side. He defeated it at the cross in order to remind us that we can share in His victory too and face each day with confidence if we look to Him. This passage does raise some interesting questions like: “What does it mean for Jesus to be perfected?” “Or how does God sanctify Him in verse 11?” We will get into all of that during the message but the main point is that Jesus has authored our salvation.

Please join us as we talk about that this week. The service will begin at 9:30 and it will be recorded and livestreamed on our You Tube Channel for all those who cannot make it person. – Jeremy Cagle