Please turn to Hebrews 2:5-9. The author of Hebrews presses on our hearts the message that we need to take the Gospel seriously by pointing us to supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus. He emphasizes that Jesus is exalted above the angels, and that the dominion of the world has been put in His hands. Quoting from Psalm 8, the author proclaims that God has reinvested the dominion lost by our first parents by their sin in a second Adam whose name is Jesus. Thus, we need to take the Gospel seriously because Jesus has dominion over everything. Four important lessons can be learned from this passage. First, in verses 5-8, we learn that God left nothing outside of Jesus’ control. Then, in verse 8, we read that we have not yet seen everything in subjection to him. Next, in verse 9, we read that God bestowed glory on Jesus because of His suffering. Finally, at the end of verse 9, we learn that Jesus tasted death for us so that we can have life.  

I. God left nothing outside of Jesus’ control.

In Hebrews 2, verses 5-8, the author emphasizes four times that God has left nothing outside of the control of Jesus. First, in verse 5, the author says, “For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.” Second, in verse 8, he says, “putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Third, in verse 8, he says, “Now in putting everything in subjection to him.” And fourth, he says, “He left nothing outside his control.” The author of Hebrews is proclaiming that God subjected the world to come to Jesus. And he is emphasizing that God has put everything under Jesus’ feet. The author of Hebrews is saying, “When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them dominion over this world. He said to Adam and to Eve, ‘Rule the world! I am putting the world in subjection to you!’ However, they rebelled against God and their dominion was wrecked.” In quoting from Psalm 8, the author of Hebrews is saying, “But in God's kindness, He has given us a second Adam who is flesh and blood, a Man, not an angel but a Man, just like us. God has given Him dominion over this world. Indeed, He has the whole world in His hands.” 

II. We have not observed everything in subjection to Jesus. 

In Hebrews 2:8, the author of this letter also says, “At present we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.” He is saying that every terrible thing that you can imagine, though it does not look like it, is in subjection to Jesus. There is nothing that is outside the realm of the control of His power. And my friends, we have to know this just to be able to wake up in the morning and keep on going. The author of Hebrews is telling us about this because he wants us to know who this Jesus is who is at the center of the message of the Gospel. He is not just some kindly spiritual man giving you some tips on how to live a better life. He rules this world because the Father has given Him that authority. 

III. Jesus was crowned with glory because of His suffering and death. 

At the end of Hebrews 2:9, the author says, “Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death.” This phrase is absolutely essential for us to be able to learn to live with the tension we experience in this life. In other words, the author of Hebrews is saying, “Okay, you are living in this tension, you know that you are supposed to believe that everything is in subjection to Jesus, but there is something in your experience that has broken your heart. It has crushed you. And you cannot put it together with the idea that Jesus is in control of everything.” And he says, “Okay dear friend, this is what I want you to do. I want you to look at the incarnation of Jesus Christ. I want you to look at His experience and I want you to see that God bestowed glory and honor on Him because of His suffering and death. And I want you to bring that truth to bear on your own experience.” In other words, the author of Hebrews is saying that the God who bestowed glory on Jesus is the God who ordained suffering for Jesus. And not only that, He bestowed glory on Him because of the suffering. If we are believers, we are united to Him in His life, death, and resurrection. That means that it is not only Jesus Himself who gains glory through suffering but all of His followers gain glory as well. No matter how bad it is, we have always received better than we deserve. However, Jesus never received better than He deserved. And so the Father is pointing us to Jesus and He is saying, “When you cannot make sense of your suffering, I want you to look at My Son on whom I bestowed glory and honor because of His suffering. And I want you to trust that just as His suffering was under My sovereignty and thus in subjection to Jesus, your suffering is under My sovereignty and thus in subjection to Jesus.” 

IV. Jesus tasted death so that we may have life.  

At the end of Hebrews 2:9, the author of Hebrews says, “so that by the grace of God, he might taste death for everyone.” And in that little phrase, we have the Gospel in a nutshell. When we wonder why we experience trials and suffering in this life, the Father says, “Child, look at your elder brother, and My only begotten Son, Jesus. Look at Him. I ordained suffering and death for Him so that He could taste death for you and you could finally be alive. In My grace and love, I refused to allow you to be destroyed by your sin, and instead, My Son suffered and died in your place so that you might have life.” God is reminding us that our suffering, our troubles, and our trials are meaningful. They are necessary to the glory that God plans to bestow on us like He bestowed on His Son. The four truths we learn in this passage should encourage us to live by faith in Jesus who rules everything knowing that His suffering and death led to Him being crowned with glory and honor and so it will certainly be the case with us because we are united to Him. May God enable us to trust in His sovereignty and His saving grace and in the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus.