January 2 – Christ is better!

Read Hebrews 1:1-14

Christ is better!

You cannot read the book of Hebrews without walking away with that basic truth.  He is a better than the priests of old.  He offers a better covenant and serves in a better sanctuary (4:14-10:18).  He is better than Moses offering a better rest (3:1-4:13).  And, as you have just read in these first two chapters, He is better than the angels.

If you are following along in our current devotional series, you have already realized that.  But this point cannot be overstated.  While we must understand the important role that angelic beings play, all of our worship must be directed to the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

How does the author make clear that unmistakable priority of the Christ?

  • Jesus is the glorious, divine Creator! (v. 3) Angels are part of His creation.
  • Christ finished His work and sat down! (v. 3) Meanwhile, angels are still working.  (v. 14)
  • The Messiah has a much better name than the angels! He is called the Son of God! (v. 5)
  • The Savior is worshiped! (v. 6) Angels are among those that worship Him.
  • He reigns on a throne! (v. 8) Angels, on the other hand, are his servants.  (vv. 8, 9)
  • He is seated at the right hand of the Father! (vv. 13, 14)

While Christ is, without a doubt, better than the angels, we dare not miss the fact that angels play an important and specific role.  Even though we are created “lower than the angels” (Ps. 8:5), they are, nonetheless, “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (v. 14).  If you are one who has experienced salvation, you have apparently been on the receiving end of their ministry.  While I cannot describe all of what that looks like, it seems reasonable that their ministry includes their role in proclaiming (Dan. 9, 10), providing (Matt. 4:1-11), and protecting (Ps. 91:11).

Although you may never knowingly encounter an angel, rest assured that you have benefited from their ministry on your behalf!

sbk

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