2(ii) It took away that that feeling of invincibility some people seem to have,where they’re willing to take so many risks with their lives.(iii) You were afraid to die for fear that the burden of guilt you bore wouldsink you down into hell.2. Thankfully, the Lord didn’t leave you in this condition if you are a believer herethis evening.a. He sent His Son to take your nature and to die in your place so that youwould no longer need to fear death.b. This is what we’ll consider this evening under three points.(i) First, that the Son of God became a man for you.(ii) Second, that He died to overcome the power the devil had over you.(iii) And third, He has taken away the fear of death from you.II. Sermon.A. First, the Son of God became a man for you: “Therefore, since the children sharein flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same” (v. 14).1. Who are the children he speaks of here?a. Clearly, they’re men.(i) They share in flesh and blood.(ii) These can’t be angels – angels are spirits, and spirits don’t have flesh andblood.b. More specifically, they’re the elect.(i) They are the children God has given Jesus, “Behold, I and the childrenwhom God has given Me” (v. 13).(ii) They are His reward for His work. “But the LORD was pleased to crushHim, putting
to grief; if He would render Himself
a guilt offering,He will see
offspring, He will prolong
days, and the good pleasureof the LORD will prosper in His hand” (Isa. 53:10).(iii) You are one of these children, if you have trusted Him to save you.2. In order to have you as His child, Jesus had to become one with you.a. This tells us among other things that Jesus had another nature to begin with.(i) He existed prior to becoming a man – before He partook of flesh andblood.(ii) His other nature was and is divine.(a) To pay for your sins, He had to be God – a mere creature couldn’thave saved you.(b) He had to be infinite to pay your infinite debt.(c) He had to be indestructible to bear God’s full wrath.(d) He also had to be God because of the honor He would receive fromyou for your salvation – God is the only One who deserves to beworshiped and glorified.b. But being God, He emptied Himself by becoming one with you.