Why should we pay attention to Jesus?

The prologue to the Letter to the Hebrews highlights the universal exaltation of Jesus the Messiah.

When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs (Hebrews 1.3c-4).

When we compare Jesus’ greatness, we turn to the angels. Angels are the most powerful, obedient, and majestic created beings in the universe.

We will see in the next three blog articles how accurate it is to say that Jesus is “much superior to angels.”

The importance of Jesus’ revelation is beyond my ability to describe it. We can’t ignore what Jesus has shown us about God and how to live.

“Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2.1).

As we read Hebrews, we are directed to see the truth of Jesus’ glory that is far superior to the greatest created beings.

As we read about his greatness, let’s remind ourselves to pay great attention to Jesus’ message.

First Things – Jesus and the Angels

Hebrews reasons that angels are great, but Jesus is far greater. The author applied the Old Testament to Jesus to convince his readers of this fact.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;
today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”? (Hebrews 1.5)

The author of Hebrews has done a masterful job of connecting the message of the Old Testament with the revelation of the identity of God’s Son.

Take a moment and see how the Psalms and other writings foretold the event of Jesus the Messiah.

I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have begotten you.
(Psalm 2:7)

I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me (2 Samuel 7:14).

God never told angels that they were his children. That’s not the case with humans.

Because of the work of Jesus, God is willing to call us his children. “For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters” (Hebrews 2.11).

Angelic Worship

Angels are the most magnificent of God’s created beings. Jesus is so superior to the angels that they worship him.

And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.” (Hebrews 1.6).

The Psalms predicted the Son’s exaltation.

I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
(Psalm 89:27)

The angels have a very important role in God’s kingdom. Yet, they are not a son and they receive no worship.

As servants, angels respond perfectly to God’s plans and purposes.

Like the angels, Jesus is a servant. Unlike the angels, Jesus the perfect imprint of God.

He is declared to be God’s Son and worthy of angelic worship.

Of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels winds
and his servants flames of fire.” (Hebrews 1.7)

You make the winds your messengers,
fire and flame your ministers.
(Psalm 104:4)

As awesome as angels are, they point to the One who is infinitely greater.

Solemn Words – Our Response

It is hard to not be moved by the outline of Jesus’ greatness that is presented in these verses.

The second chapter of the letter informs us of our proper response.

Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away (Hebrews 2.1)

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

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