Instead, as it is said somewhere in the Scriptures: 1 "What are human beings, O God, that you should think of them; mere human beings, that you should care for them?
You made them for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor, a8
and made them rulers over all things." It says that God made them "rulers over all things"; this clearly includes everything. We do not, however, see human beings ruling over all things now.
But we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, so that through God's grace he should die for everyone. We see him now crowned with glory and honor because of the death he suffered.
It was only right that God, who creates and preserves all things, should make Jesus perfect through suffering, in order to bring many children to share his glory. For Jesus is the one who leads them to salvation.
He purifies people from their sins, and both he and those who are made pure all have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his family.
He says to God, 2 "I will tell my people what you have done; I will praise you in their meeting."
He also says, "I will put my trust in God." And he also says, "Here I am with the children that God has given me." 314
Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death,
and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.
For it is clear that it is not the angels that he helps. Instead, he helps the descendants of Abraham. 4