From a Reading on Hebrews 2
I. “The Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10)
For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
The Lord Jesus ever was and always is perfect in Himself, but in order to take that place as our Great High Priest, He humbles Himself — He has been through everything that we have to pass through — that precious Saviour sin-apart has walked through this world and knows everything that we have to meet in every stage of life, and He has been made perfect in sufferings.
Now we must of course carefully guard the fact that the Lord Jesus never did and could not sin, but He knows what the path of obedience costs.
II. Hebrews vs. John’s Epistle
The book of Hebrews presents to us the perfect work that gives the believer that perfect standing before God, and he is there in perfection before God as to his standing. The book also brings before us the priesthood of Christ, which keeps us in the enjoyment of all that He has done for us.
In John’s Epistle, where we have the family of God, we find the subject of His advocacy and our restoration for when we have failed. That does not enter into the subject of Hebrews, because there it is all that God has done to provide a perfect sacrifice and all that we need for the pathway to bring us home to glory.
III. Psalm 88:15
“I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up.”
Why did He live 33 years before going to the cross?
So that He might go through the same experiences as you and I (sin-apart). He did not suffer because of any sin that He had. He did not, and He could not! It was suffering in the path of perfect obedience.
He is a perfect High Priest. What a Captain we have!