Please turn to Hebrews 1:3-14. This is a letter about the sufficiency and excellence of the Son of God. The author of Hebrews reminds us that God has spoken finally and uniquely in His Son and that the inheritance God has pledged belongs to His Son. He proclaims that the work of redemption belongs to Jesus and that the reigning, exalted majesty belongs to the Son. However, the author of this letter also compares Jesus to angels. Why would the author compare the Son of God to angels? Apparently because this congregation was tempted to think that angels may be superior to Christ. This passage can easily be divided into two sections. First, in verse 4, the author proclaims that Jesus is superior to the angels. Then, in verses 5-14, he reveals how the truth of Jesus Christ’s superiority to the angels can be proven from Scripture.       

 

I. Jesus is more excellent than the angels. 

In Hebrews 1:3-4, the author says, “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.” While we may not be tempted to worship angels or to think that they are superior to Jesus, there are times when we think that Jesus is not enough. The problem that we are facing today, and the problem that this congregation was facing in their day in believing that angels were superior to Jesus, is the same problem. We are all prone to underestimate Jesus. And the one-point sermon of this letter is: “Do not ever underestimate Jesus.” He is so excellent, He is so superior, and He is so literally divine that we should never attempt to underestimate Jesus. But all of us are tempted to do that in life. We think that there is that special something that would make life all right. And if the “that” we think we need in order for life to be meaningful is not Jesus, then we are underestimating Him. Alternatively, we may think that Jesus and the promises that He brings have not worked out for us. As such, we decide that we are going to look somewhere else for satisfaction, fulfillment, hope and joy. The author of Hebrews is saying to us, “Do not underestimate Jesus because there is nothing that compares with Jesus, not even Michael the archangel, not even Gabriel, not even all the angels combined. None of the angels compare to Jesus.” 



II. Scripture proves that Jesus is superior to the angels. 

In Hebrews 1:5-14, the author of Hebrews goes to the Scriptures, all of which were written hundreds of years before Jesus ever came, and he says, “I can prove to you that Jesus is superior to the angels. Even before Jesus came, I can prove that to you from Scripture that Jesus is greater than the angels.” Specifically, the author reviews seven Scripture passages and makes five claims about Jesus Christ’s superiority by an appeal to the Old Testament writings. First, in verses 4 and 5, he says that Jesus is the unique Son of God by quoting from Psalm 2:7 and 2 Samuel 7:14. Those passages apply to Jesus only, and they prove that He is superior to the angels. Secondly, in verses 6-7, he says that Jesus is not only superior to the angels as the Son, He is the Master of the angels by quoting from Psalm 97:7 and Psalm 104:4. They are merely His servants and His ministers. The author is making the point that the Master is greater than the servants. Thirdly, in verses 8-9, he says that Jesus is the Ruler of the kingdom by quoting from Psalm 45:6-7. The throne is Jesus’ throne. Jesus is God's representative. He is sovereign over the kingdom. He is exalted due to His righteousness. Fourthly, in verses 10-12, the author of Hebrews quotes from Psalm 102:25-27, and he says that Jesus is the Creator! These words also remind us of John 1:1-3, in which John said, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” He is the Creator and every good Hebrew knew that the Creator is God. Fifth and lastly, in verses 13-14, the author of Hebrews says that Christ is Lord and that He reigns. He quotes from Psalm 110:1 in which David says, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” Christ is Lord! He reigns! His enemies are put under His feet. He sits at the right hand of God, and He holds the position of authority and honor and dominion and power in God's kingdom. And the author of Hebrews says Scripture provides us with all of those truths about Jesus. 

In addition, the author of the letter to the Hebrews reminds us of another important truth about the person and work of Jesus Christ. In verse 4, he says, “having become much superior to angels.” What does that phrase mean? It a phrase that the author of Hebrews uses repeatedly to point to the unfathomably costly redeeming work of Jesus. The angels were never humiliated for us. No angel ever hung on the cross bearing the full weight of your sins. But the Son of God, who is superior to angels, who is Master of all angels, who is Lord of the kingdom of God, who is the Creator of this world, who sits at the right hand of God, shed His blood for you. And the Father says, “Do you see what My Son did for you so that you could be forgiven, so that you could be accepted, so that you could be brought into the family of God and inherit all of the things that I promised to My Son? Do you see what He endured for you, and the humiliation that He bore for you? No angel ever did that for you. So by rite of what He did, I will give My Son His due because He bought you with His blood, and it would be the most unjust thing in this universe for Me not to pour out all blessings on you as you trust in Him because He did this for you.” No angel ever did that for us. When we are tempted to ask if Jesus is enough, the author of Hebrews is there waiting to say, “Jesus is not only enough, He is better, He is superior, He is more excellent, He is all, and He is everything.” May God press this truth deep into our hearts and bones and lodge it there and make it live and grow so that we walk by faith, even when we have no sight.