Wisdom's Corner
He Blazed a Trail

Many people like to watch a movie or read a book about someone being the first to do something. Maybe the person is the first to make a discovery in science or medicine. Or maybe the person is the first to explore a deep jungle or a new land.

In America, many like movies about explorers who go through dense jungles and find treasures. It is exciting to watch as the hero overcomes all kinds of dangers and troubles to reach the destination.

The people of the first century had great admiration for such explorers. They liked to have heroes as well as we do. They liked to talk about the "trail-blazers". This is what they called such explorers.

In Hebrews 2:10 we read, "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."

Christ gave up the glory He had in heaven and came to earth. He underwent many hardships and overcame many dangers to get the ultimate treasure. He even died on the cross to fulfill His purpose. That purpose was to be raised from the dead and sit at the right hand of God as the Prince of Peace. By doing this, He blazed the trail to heaven for us.

It is interesting that the word in our verse for "captain" was used in several different ways in the secular world. One of those ways was to describe a person as a "trail-blazer".

The Hebrews to whom this book was written would get a vivid picture in their mind about what Christ had done for them. And the author makes that picture even clearer in chapter three where he talks about Moses. To the Jews, Moses was the ultimate trail-blazer. He had brought the Israelites out of Egypt and taken them to the land of Canaan.

But the author of Hebrews is saying that Christ is a better trail-blazer than even Moses. By following Christ, we can get to heaven.

I know you want to go to heaven. So until next time, keep reading and studying your Bible. That is the only way you can know what to do to get to heaven. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1999

Published by The Old Paths Bible School