This weekend, I visited with my son about angels and the great battle between Lucifer and Michael, the archangel. Wondering how he would respond to all of this, he asked me whether or not I was making up a story (as I sometimes do when we read together because he loves stories) or if I was telling him something real. After explaining that the story is real and that this was from the scriptures, he commented how God is the real life superhero. I love how kids are innocent learners. They see the world differently than many adults do, with wonder and possibility.
As we were talking, I was again amazed at who Jesus is and what He had to give up to come to earth as a man. He is God’s son with all of the benefits. However, He gave up His power, became a man on Earth and lived according to what He saw His Father do. He did this perfectly until being crucified by us, man. As I read through Hebrews this morning, this became even more clear. Jesus is the “heir of all things.” It also says that God made the worlds through His son Jesus. Imagine that. Jesus made the worlds with His Father. Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person. We were made in that image.
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-14 NKJV
That last sentence really sums up what I was trying to communicate with my son. Jesus is higher than the angels. He is God’s Son and has inherited a better name because of it. He has never said to an angel “You are my son.” The rest of Hebrews chapter 1 explains this very well, but I especially like the last two.
To the son He says:
…“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same,
And Your years will not fail.” Hebrews 1:10-12 NKJV
But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:13-14 NKJV