INTRO: We are in the last message on Hebrews 2. Lord willing, we will look at Ezekiel 38-39 before we go to chapter 3. To give us some context of where we are, in verse 8 we were told that all things have been put in subjection to Christ. Then it said, "But we do not yet see all things put in subjection to Christ." The time will come when everything will be subject to Christ but we are not there yet and we agree we are not there.
As I see it, when Christ came in the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom. 8:3), we see Him as the sacrifice for sinful man. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says:
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Christ became a sin offering for the lost. The lost are justified when they receive Him as their sin offering. But when He was made like His brethren, this was in the process of His life. He went through those things we experience, not to justify the lost, but to sanctify the saved. When He was made like His brethren it was so that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest. Jesus Christ, the High Priest of the believer stands between the saved and God. God, through Christ's ministry as High Priest conforms us to the image of His Son. He sanctifies us and makes us holy. The Scriptures say that without holiness no one will see the Lord.