PJ’s Daily Devotional for Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
As I read Hebrews 1, there is one message that is clear, one nugget of golden truth that presses into my soul: Jesus Christ is to be worshiped above all things in all of creation, including the angels.
Listen to the Bible, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making 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 1:1-4).
In this first chapter of Hebrews, the author quotes multiple Old Testament passages, including Psalm 104, reinforcing the message of his introduction of the letter: the awesomeness of God’s splendor and majesty that has been made known to us and is visible to us through Jesus Christ. I encourage you to take a couple minutes and reflect on the grandeur of Psalm 104:1-35.
Angels are a very popular topic of discussion in today’s world. Our culture has developed an appetite for the spiritual without a hunger for righteousness, a yearning for Heaven without a desire to know the One who is the eternal beginning and end. So, spiritual experiences are sought without discernment and wisdom. The things of God are pursued while God is pushed to the side.
The first chapter of Hebrews is a bridge to these people; use it as such! Listen to the Bible talk about angels, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). As you engage conversations with a people who desire spiritual experiences, teach them the true purpose of the creation—to bring glory to God—and of the created beings we call angels—to minister to and to serve for the sake of the people of God.
If they want a spiritual experience, introduce them to the One who can usher them into the very throne room of God for eternity: Jesus Christ who is greater than the angels.