10 And it was only right that God – who made everything and for whom everything was made – should bring his many children into glory. Through the suffering of Jesus, God made him a perfect leader, one fit to bring them into their salvation.
Through His suffering, God made Him a perfect leader.
There are plenty of books on leadership and many things that make up a “good leader.” Consider who you look to as “a good leader.” Consider why you hold them in this light. Some consider Martin Luther King a great leader – look how he suffered. What about Billy Graham? He’s led millions to come to know the Lord. Look what he has sacrificed to carry out his callling.
Look what else this chapter says about the character of Jesus that makes Him a perfect leader:
9 What we do see is Jesus, who “for a little while was made lower than the angels” and now is “crowned with glory and honor” because he suffered death for us. Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone in all the world.
14 Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.
16 We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants of Abraham, not to help the angels. 17 Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.
18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.
We are not perfect, but are being made perfect through Christ. We may never be “a perfect leader” – we’re not 100% God as He was – but looking at the example of Jesus, we can consider the sacrifice necessary to follow His lead. He gave up everything. He gave ALL of Himself – to the point of death on the cruel cross.
Apply this to your life. Have you been called to lead others? What can you take from Christ’s example to deny Himself and sacrifice His own needs to serve others?
Lord, give us wisdom in this area. Help us to understand what it means to sacrifice ourselves – but more importantly to obey Your calling. Make us more like Christ – a perfect leader – so we may bring You glory. – amen