Jesus Better Than The Angels

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Hebrews 1:4-6 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

Hebrews 1:7-9 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Hebrews 1:10-12 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

Hebrews 2:5-8 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Sherry and I watched the movie Miracles From Heaven last week. It wasn’t a bad movie, as movies go. It told the (what was supposed to be) true story of a little girl that was born without the ability to digest food. The first ten years of her life were agony, with daily suffering and pain. Doctors could not diagnose what was wrong with her until a specialists found out that all food that she ate was just sitting in her body, never being digested. The disease was incurable. But one day the little girl climbed up a tree, and fell 30 feet to the ground. She hit just right and the accident cured her. The little girl said that she went to Heaven during the fall and God told her she would be cured. And she was!

Do I doubt the story that was told? Not really. I believe God can cure anyone. If God wanted a little girl to fall out of a tree to heal her, He could do that. Or God could heal her sitting at home I her recliner. My God can do anything. But one thing I noticed as we watched the movie – and I watched carefully. The name “Jesus” was only mentioned one time. The so called “Preacher” in the movie preached every sermon without reading any Scripture from God’s Bible. There was a lot of Gospel music, a lot of hand clapping, but no Word.

The film was clean – but there was no Word of God.
The film had a happy ending – but there was very little Jesus.
And Beloved, without Jesus it is not Christianity.
Without Jesus it is not the Church.
Without Jesus there is no going to Heaven.
Without Jesus there is no blessed life on earth.
We must have Jesus.
As someone rightly said many years ago:

There’s HEALING in the Name of Jesus!
There’s POWER in the Name of Jesus!
There’s SALVATION in the Name of Jesus!
Jesus! My Sweetest Rose of Sharon.
My Lily of the Valley.
My Bright and Morning Star.
My Dayspring from on High.
Jesus!
Demons tremble at the sound of that Name!

As I watched that movie I wondered why they all but sanitized the name of Jesus from it. It is because Sony Pictures has started putting out what they call Affirm Films, clean movies for religious people. The movie was 13 million ro produce, and took in (to date) over 73 million dollars – a 60 million dollar profit. I’m glad to see Hollywood put out clean movies, but I would be gladder still if they didn’t sanitize our Lord out of those movies.

The world needs Jesus. Our Country needs the Biblical Jesus. Our Community needs Jesus. YOU need Jesus.

1 Jesus Christ Is Greater Than The Angels. Let’s read together:

Hebrews 1:4-6 (KJV) Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

Notice the text states that Jesus was “made so much better than the angels”. When Jesus came to this earth He did not suddenly spring into being. He was – from Eternity Past – very God of very God. We are told in John:

John 1:1-3 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus Christ is Creator God, the Son of God who dwelt with God from eternity. Jesus is better than the angels because Jesus made the angels. Angels are greater than man. In the Bible we often see angels doing things that no man can do. Angels have killed thousands at a time. Angels are tremendously powered. But Jesus was made so much better than the angels. When He was begotten of the virgin named Mary He entered this world not as we did, but as the Son of God. The Father said of Jesus

Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee

Jesus came into this world, God in human flesh, Emmanuel, God with us. And when the Father brought the Son into the world He said:

This is My Son. Let ALL the angels of God worship Him

Every angel of God worships Jesus. The day He was brought into this world an angel told Mary:

Luke 1:35 (KJV) … The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Christ birth was a God thing, something unprecedented in human history. God was manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). Jesus was to be worshiped by ALL the angels. Jesus was worshiped of the Shepherds who saw Him after He came into the world. He was worshiped as both Lord and God (John 20:28).

Hebrews 1:7-9 (KJV) And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Jesus is greater than the angels because the Father testifies that He is indeed God. Unto the Son the Father says, “Thy Throne, O God, is forever and ever”. Jesus Christ is on the Throne of Heaven. Jesus Christ rules from the right hand of God. But Jesus Christ is declared God by the Father. He says “Thy Throne O GOD”. Jesus Christ is alive, and rules today tomorrow, and forever. And His Kingdom is a righteous Kingdom. His Kingdom is acceptable to a holy God. A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy Kingdom. THOU (O Jesus) has LOVED righteousness and HATED iniquity. Jesus Christ came to this earth to show us what a righteous Kingdom looks like. Jesus said:

If you have seen ME you have seen the FATHER

His Kingdom is a righteous Kingdom. His subjects are made righteous by faith in Him. His Kingdom is eternal, and His servants everlasting. Everything shall one day cease, shall grow old and die, but those who belong to Him. We are told of Him that:

Hebrews 1:10-12 (KJV) 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

The pre-incarnate Jesus made Heaven and earth. The Heavens and the earth shall perish. Everything is spinning down … but Jesus and those who are His will remain. Just as a person folds up their clothing, Jesus will one day fold up all of Creation. They shall be changed, but Christ is the same forever. The Bible declares:

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Jesus changes those whom He touches, but Jesus never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

2 Man Is Created Lower Than The Angels. We read:

Hebrews 2:5-8 (KJV) 5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.

After telling us that Jesus is God in the flesh, much better than the angels, the Lord switches the subject and begins to talk about man. In the pecking order of things Jesus is greater than the angels, but man is lower than the angels. The Word of God quotes the Word of God in

Psalm 8:4-6 (KJV) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

When God made man He made man lower than the angels, but God put man in dominion over the whole earth. God told Adam and Eve …

Genesis 1:28 (KJV) …. Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

God did not put the angels in subjection over the earth, but put man and woman on the earth to dominate it. Why? The Psalmist said “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man (our offspring) that you visit him?” Why would God put mankind in control of the earth. We are to dominate and keep the earth. The animals are no to do so. The angels were not to do so. Why would God care about US, little weak US, humans much weaker and lower than the angels.

Because God made mankind in the image of God.
Angels are not made in the image of God.
Angels are beautiful, they are powerful, they are magnificent creatures.
But God made us in His image.

Genesis 1:26 (KJV) … God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Man was made lower than the angels, but was made to be like God. God created us to be in His glory. We were to have domninion, not to be dominated. We were to be over the animals, not to be animals. We were made of the dust of the earth, and God in His mercy “crowned us with glory and honor”. God made us like a blank canvas where He could – through contact with Him – make us into His masterpiece. But we are told in Hebrews 2:8

But now we see not yet all things put under him

Man was created lower than the angels, but given dominion over creation. But now we see not yet all things put under him. Man allowed a fallen angel to rob us of our heritage. Satan slithered into the Garden, just as he slithers into Churches, Communities, and Countries today. Satan’s intent is to rob and kill you. Jesus said of that old devil:

John 10:10 (KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy ….

The serpent, that old Dragon the devil (Revelation 20:2) was not created of God to be in the Garden of Eden. But he slithered in. He asked our foreparents “Hath God really said”? (Genesis 3:1). The devil questioned the Word of God, and questions the Word of God today. “Has God really said”?

Has God really said marriage is between a man and a woman?
Has God really said sex outside of biblical marriage is evil?
Has God really said that we are created in God’s image?
Has God really said that we were created for His glory?
Has God really said that we are all fallen into sin, following after Adam?
Has God really said that we need to be saved?
Has God really said that our lives without Him are incomplete?
Has God really said He has provided a way, but one way, that we can be saved?

The Bible tells us:

Hebrews 2:3-4 (KJV) How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

3 Jesus Christ – Who Is Higher Than The Angels – Allowed Himself To Be Made Lower Than The Angels, So That We Can Be Saved From Death And Bondage. Jesus restores us in our hearts and lives to our Creator God. We read:

Hebrews 2:9 (KJV) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

We see Jesus. Where can salvation be found? In no one but Jesus.

Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus is Higher than the angels.
Jesus is the One of Whom God said “let all the angels of God worship Him”.
Jesus is the One of Whom the Father spoke, saying …

Hebrews 1:8 (KJV) But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Jesus is the Only Begotten of God. He Who is Higher than the angels was born into this world lower than the angels. The King of Kings became like unto us. He came to this earth for one reason, “for the suffering of death”. Jesus spoke of His death many times. He told His disciples over and over that He would have to die and rise again:

Matthew 16:21 (ESV) …. Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

God came into His Creation to save His Creation. Jesus came to die for you and for me. Jesus Christ died to make payment for our sins. He died so that we, believing in and following Him, could enter the righteous Kingdom of God. Our text says it better than I can say it:

Hebrews 2:14-16 (KJV) Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

Jesus became human, and being the Perfect Man He went to a Cross of judgment to pay a penalty He did not owe. He died for us. He rose from the grave on the third day and as God the Son rules a righteous Kingdom, a Kingdom inhabited by living creatures who love and serve Him.

Hebrews 2:10-11 (KJV) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Without Jesus in your life you are not living, you are just existing. You need the Lord. Jesus said to those who heard Him but rejected Him:

John 5:39-40 (KJV) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Jesus is the only Savior, the only Source of life. You cannot gain eternal life through your works, but must come to Him Who is Greater than the angels. You must come to Him Who lowered Himself becoming lower than the angels. You must give yourself to Him Who tasted death so that you won’t have to taste death.

John 10:10-11 (KJV) …. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Last night I watched what is now an old movie called Saving Private Ryan. If you’ve never seen it, it is based on a true story. In World War 2 a mother had lost three of her four sons. Because James Ryan was the last living son, the Army decided to save that young man. Those who were sent to give their lives for that one man didn’t want to do so at first. At one point the leader of the detail said:

This Ryan had better be worth it. He had better cure some disease,
or do something great.

At the end of the movie the now old, retired James Ryan stood at the grave and, looking down on the tombstones of those who died for him asked his wife, “Please tell me I’m a good man. Please tell me that I was worth it”. The sacrifice of others drove him to be a more excellent person.

Jesus died for you. Not begrudgingly, but willingly.

Hebrews 2:9-10 (KJV) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Jesus died for you so that you could be one with God. Jesus died for you to bring you into God’s glorious righteous Kingdom. Jesus died for you to redeen you from the serpent, that old Devil. Jesus died for you because He loves you. And if you come to Him, it will cost you everything you have. You give Him your broken life, and Jesus will give you His resurrected life. Please receive Him as Lord and Savior today.

May God touch your hearts with His Word.

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A searching pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. I am looking for the Church. Most of what I see today is not the Church, but clubs, where members sit in padded pews and drink deeply of self. I am looking for a people willing to be righteous not self righteous, serving not served, In short, I am looking and praying for a people who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. I hope I find this people before it's too late.
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