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The superiority of Christ

This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names. For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” God also said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said, “Let all of God’s angels worship him.” Hebrews 1:4-6

The author of Hebrews began the book by telling the readers that God reveled Himself through His Word and Jesus. Then, the author highlighted the greatness of Jesus over the angels. Angels are heavenly beings and are greater than humans. They have access to God. By emphasizing that angels are lesser than Jesus points to the fact that Jesus is God. Only God is higher than the angels. In proving the greatness of Jesus, the author used the Old Testament references extensively. The Messiah in Psalm 2 was referred to by God “my Son.” “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father” (Psalm 2:7-8). This title was never used to refer to angels. Then, the Messiah was referred to as God and King. Psalm 45:7-8, “Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else. Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes. In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.” This is the reason why angels worship Jesus. “God said, “Let all of God’s angels worship him” (Hebrews 1:6). The point being driven by the author of the Book of Hebrews is that we can trust and be dependent on Jesus. He is over all things including the angels. He is sovereign and no matter how hard life is, believers in Christ should not give up instead be strengthened in the knowledge that Jesus is supreme over all things. Being confronted with the superiority of Christ brings tension in everyday life. We can be tempted to be just like the people of the world that will not even consider giving Jesus a thought. His superiority should be an established reality in our lives and therefore should be served and worshipped.



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