This Mighty Redeemer

Our lesson happens to be perfect for Easter. Andrew Murray is making a strong point here (he loves to do that). He calls it “the secret of the life of faith.” I must say it has certainly changed mine.

My faith is not new or weak, nor am I backslidden as Murray suggests. However, I have recently been stretched beyond every imaginable limit in my body, soul, and spirit. Just when I thought I could not bear another ounce of pressure the suggestion Murray brings appeared to me as a life raft.

It is as simple as this: “We see not yet all things subjected to man, but we see Jesus crowned with honor and glory" (Hebrews 2:9). When you are at the end of your rope, look to Him on the throne. See His crown; the glory fills you with everything you lack.

The following excerpt is titled “We See Jesus Crowned with Glory and Honor” from Andrew Murray’s classic The Holiest of All:

The Epistle is about to expound to us the great mystery, why the Son of God was made a little lower than the angels. It was that, by the grace of God, He might taste death for every man, and so open up again the entrance into God's presence and favor. The necessity and meaning of His sufferings and death it will present to us in three different aspects.

The first (v. 10), that in suffering and death Christ Himself must be made perfect, so that as our Leader He might open up to us the path of perfection, and prepare that new nature, that new way of living, in which we are to be led to glory.

The second (14, 15), that through death, making propitiation for sin, He might destroy the devil, with his power of death, and give us a perfect deliverance from all fear of it.

And the third (16-18), that in what He suffered, He might be made a merciful and faithful High Priest, able to secure our perfect confidence, and to give us the succor we need.

But before the writer thus unfolds the meaning of Christ's humiliation, he first points to His glory. It is this which constitutes the excellency of the New Testament, which gives our faith its power of endurance and victory; we see Jesus now at the right hand of the Majesty of God.

Let us hold this fast as the chief thought of the Epistle, as the one great lesson the Hebrews, and all feeble backsliding Christians, need: Jesus, who suffered for us; Jesus who in His suffering as our Leader, opened a way to God for us; Jesus who sympathizes with us—this Jesus is crowned with honor and glory. To see Him is to know that we have all we can need.

Would you, my reader, give more abundant heed to the great salvation? Would you experience how completely Jesus is able to save? Do you long for just as much of the love and the presence, the holiness and the joy and the power of God in you as there is in Jesus for you?

Here you have the secret of it all! Amid all sin and weakness, all darkness and doubt, all failure and perplexity, hold fast this one truth, engage in this one exercise of faith: We see not yet all things subjected to man, but we see Jesus crowned with honor and glory. This gives peace, and victory, and joy unspeakable.

And if you would know how thus ever to have the heart turned to Jesus, remember, He came to save His people from their sins. It is the heart that is weary of itself and its sins, that fully accepts the fact of the utter corruption and the utter helplessness of all that is of the old nature and of self, that will find itself attracted with strong desire to this mighty Redeemer. In such a heart Jesus, the crowned One, will not only be a distant object, but, by the Holy Spirit, an indwelling presence.