Our superior Lord and Savior
Regarding the angels, he says, “He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire.” But to the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.” Hebrews 1:7-9
From the text, the author of the Book of Hebrews begins by quoting Psalm 104. In the opening verses of this Psalm, God is being praised and ascribed the glory that belongs to Him. This Psalm also talks about intermediary heavens and its inhabitants. The purpose of quoting from the Old Testament was to once again prove the point that Jesus is superior over angels for He is God. There were those that deny the deity of Jesus and yet the author in Hebrews 1:8-9 quoted Psalm 45:6-7, “‘But to the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you.’” This recognition of the deity of Jesus is what Christians proclaim for in order for the Messiah to fulfill the redemption of mankind, He must be above all. He was no mere man or angel for He is God who became flesh. Not only that Jesus is our Savior, He should also be the Lord. He should be seated at the throne of our lives. This was the message Peter proclaimed after the Pentecost. “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” (Acts 2:36). The throne of our Lord and Savior “endures forever and ever.” Without the coming of Christ, we will not know who God is and the purpose of God for humanity, thus, His purpose for our lives. The Lord Jesus Christ reveals the glory of God. The Lord Jesus Christ forgave us of our sin. Once we get saved because of our recognition that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, God expects us to obey Him and His Word. “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). “‘But now you must be holy in everything you do…for the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16). We are also commanded to reflect in our lives the life that God has given us. In this way, we are proclaiming who Christ is. “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God…We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:4-5).