Since the letter to the Hebrews specifically urges Christians to “fix your thoughts on Jesus” (Heb. 3:1, NIV; cf. 12:2), it should not surprise us that the author describes Him in more than a dozen different ways. Jesus is “Son” (Heb. 1:2); “Lord” (Heb. 2:3); “Apostle and High Priest” (Heb. 3:1); “Christ” (Heb. 5:5); “source of eternal salvation” (Heb. 5:9, NIV); a priest “according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 7:11); a descendent of Judah (Heb. 7:14); “a Minister … of the true tabernacle” (Heb. 8:2); “the Mediator of the new covenant” (Heb. 9:15; 12:24); “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8); and the “great Shepherd of the sheep” (Heb.13:20).
But perhaps the most intriguing title for Jesus in the letter is “author.” He is called the “author of … salvation” and the “author … of our faith” (Heb. 2:10; 12:2, NIV).
This title has a rich connotation. The Greek word translated as “author” is archēgos. It expresses the idea of a leader, one who goes at the head of a group to open the way for others.
Think of a troop of commandos operating in a jungle war. They find their way blocked by a deep ravine. The situation is too urgent to find a way around. Their commanding officer manages to throw a rope across and anchor it. He then risks his life by crossing first, hand over hand. He permanently secures the rope. He creates a bridge. The way is now open for his men to cross over to the other side.
This is a pale and inadequate reflection of what the author of Hebrews means by calling Jesus the archēgos or “author” of our salvation. Our Lord is the “pioneer” of our salvation; through His suffering, He brings many sons to glory (Heb. 2:10).