"YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;Hebrews 2:7(NASB)
Written with the Hebrew Christians of the early church in mind.. who were reverting back to Judaism, this epistle to the Hebrews is equally relevant to believers today, as it hammers home the uniqueness of Christ; the supremacy of Christ; the deity of Christ and the humanity of Christ.
Multiple quotes from the Old Testament remind us that He is greater than Abraham; greater than Aaron; greater than Moses and greater than the entire angelic host. To him alone did God the Father audibly announce- THIS is My Beloved Son: consider Him; hear Him; follow Him; trust in Him and rely on Him. Blessed are those that put their trust in Him, for He is the visible representation of the invisible God, Who alone deserves all honour and praise.
In a day and age when angels are increasingly glorified by many segments of society.. we would do well to take to heart the prolonged emphasis in Hebrews, that Christ is infinitely superior to the angelic throng. It was man who was made in the image and likeness of God. It is man to whom dominion of the world was given but it was man who forfeited his God-given reigns of power to a fallen angel.. through disobedience and sin - placing man under the rule of sin and the dominion of Satan.
Yet God in His grace planned and purposed that it was fallen man and not fallen angels that He would redeem. In His grace He purposed to once again establish man's dominion over the earth - through the perfect Man, Christ Jesus the righteous.. Who by the sacrifice of His life would reestablish Man's rule on God's earth - but it would be at the enormous cost of the death of His only begotten Son.
No wonder the Psalmist was caused to write: What is man, that thou art mindful of him? But Christ's sacrifice demanded that He set aside His glory for a time.. to fulfil all that God had purposed in His redemptive plan - and so Christ, left His heavenly home: and was made a little lower than the angels - made in the likeness of sinful man, yet without sin.
It is often in connection with His birth that Jesus is thought of as the “only Begotten of the Father', but in reality it is in connection with His resurrection that Christ is Begotten of the Father. The plan of salvation, which was conceived in eternity past was completed at Calvary.. and at His resurrection, the Lord Jesus became the first-begotten of the dead - thus becoming the federal Head of a completely new Creation.
And so the writer to the Hebrews was able to announce with great joy and rejoicing: You have crowned Him with glory and honour, and have appointed Him over the works of Your hands. When the Lord Jesus cried it is finished on the cross the price for the sin of the world had been paid by the eternal Son. His death paid the price for our sins but death had no hold on the eternal Son of God - and for three days Christ lay in the tomb to fulfil all righteousness. But as time caught up with eternity He rose from the dead and became the first begotten from the dead - the the federal Head of a new Creation.. and is crowned with all honour and glory.. through time and into the eternal ages.. and He has been appointed over all the works of God's creative hand.
What is Man that You are mindful of him, of the Son of Man that You should visit Him? How we praise our heavenly Father that Christ was made a little lower than the angels for a short time.. so that by means of His sacrificial death, burial and resurrection on our account - He should be become the firstfruit of the dead.. and crowned with honour and great glory - and have everything placed in subjection under HIS feet, so that by faith in HIM we might have life and have it more abundantly.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus. Thank You that Your dearly loved Son was ready and willing to die on the cross on my account so that my sins could be forgiven and I could be declared righteous. Thank You that He is the only begotten from the dead so that by grace through faith in Him all who believe will not perish but have everlasting life. Praise his holy name, AMEN.