Hebrews 2:14 (GW)
14 Since all of these sons and daughters have flesh and blood, Jesus took on flesh and blood to be like them. He did this so that by dying he would destroy the one who had power over death (that is, the devil).
I am always amazed at discovering themes that run through the Bible. One of those themes is how we are to think of God. Jesus tells us in the Lord’s Prayer to call God, “Father.” Here in our memory verse we also see this theme. Sons and daughters imply that there is a Father. God was already thinking of us as His children before He sent Jesus.
Hebrews 2:15 tells us that we are afraid of death. Many refer to death as the great unknown. We tend to fear that which we do not understand. Because of sin, death came into the world. Because of sin, we are all dying. Death is the bully. It looms over all of us. But death is merely the puppet. The puppet master behind death is the devil.
When I was little, I was afraid of the dark (ok, I still am). My parents used to turn on the lights and come into my room. They would show me that there was no reason to be afraid. But I knew that as soon as the lights went off, the alligators under my bed would come out. Thus, they bought me a night light. My parents wanted to protect me. They wanted to take my fears away.
Jesus is the same way. He loves us so much that He became one of us. Like a good big brother, he hunted down the object of our fear. He defeated death on Easter. But He knew that death was only the lapdog of the devil. So, He took on the devil. Jesus not only defeated the devil but destroyed him (1 John 3:8). Death has no power over us. The devil has no power over us.
The next time you are afraid of death or assaulted by the devil, call on your big brother Jesus. I guarantee that fear will vanish, and the devil will flee!