For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
The book of Hebrews begins by demonstrating that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is superior to the angels and to everything else.
In the verses leading up to this passage, the author quotes from Psalm 8 in discussing the purpose and potential of human beings. God created man to have dominion over all things—the entire universe! But “now we do not yet see all things put under him” (Hebrews 2:8). At this point Jesus, who came to die to make it possible for us to live forever, is the only one who is now “crowned with glory and honor” (verse 9).
Each of us has sinned and earned the death penalty for breaking God’s good and perfect law. God’s justice requires payment for that penalty, and our loving God devised a plan that allowed Jesus Christ to come to earth as a human being to pay that penalty for each of us.
How incredible that our loving God would consider it “fitting” that the One who never sinned should die to allow forgiveness for all of us sinners! And how incredible that the One with no imperfections at all would be willing to suffer to complete His perfect sacrifice.
“Perfect” is from the Greek word teleioo, which means “to bring to an end by completing or perfecting” and “bringing to completeness” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1985, p. 466). Jesus Christ had no sin or moral imperfections (Hebrews 4:15), but was willing to suffer to bring the plan and Himself as our Savior to completeness.
God did all this because He wants more children!
Read more about our inspiring potential in the article “Children of God.”