Jesus is Superior to Angels
1God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. 5For to which of the angels did He ever say, “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”? And again, “I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME”? 6And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.” 7And of the angels He says, “WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.” 8But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM. 9“YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.” 10And, “YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; 11THEY WILL PERISH, BUT YOU REMAIN; AND THEY ALL WILL BECOME OLD LIKE A GARMENT, 12AND LIKE A MANTLE YOU WILL ROLL THEM UP; LIKE A GARMENT THEY WILL ALSO BE CHANGED. BUT YOU ARE THE SAME, AND YOUR YEARS WILL NOT COME TO AN END.” 13But to which of the angels has He ever said, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET”? 14Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
- Verse 2 says that the Father has spoken to us in His Son, whom God appointed heir of all things, and through whom He also made the world.
- Verse 3 says that Jesus is the radiance of the Father’s glory, and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
- Verses 4 and 5 tell us that Jesus inherited a more excellent name than angels, because He is God’s Son, and the Father is His Father.
- Verse 6 says that God the Father says “let all the angels of God worship Him.”
Verses 13 and 14 tell us that God spoke things to Jesus that He had not spoken to angels, because Jesus is God and is God’s Son. The mission of angels is clearly described in verse 14:
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
So Jesus is not equal to angels. He is superior to angels in every way, and God the Father expects His angels to worship Jesus.
Jesus is righteous (He is in right standing with God the Father)
But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.
Jesus is the Creator of all things
And, “YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;
Jesus is unchangeable and eternal
11THEY WILL PERISH, BUT YOU REMAIN; AND THEY ALL WILL BECOME OLD LIKE A GARMENT, 12AND LIKE A MANTLE YOU WILL ROLL THEM UP; LIKE A GARMENT THEY WILL ALSO BE CHANGED. BUT YOU ARE THE SAME, AND YOUR YEARS WILL NOT COME TO AN END.”
Many of the world’s religions deny the deity of Jesus. This is a common thread in all religions of the world. Religions of this world say that to be right or to attain something eternal or in the afterlife one must do something to earn it according to the person or so-called god someone is devoted to. In other words, works.
But God says that man cannot make himself right before God. The only way man can be in right standing before God is through Jesus Christ. God Himself had to make a way that satisfied what He said are the requirements for being in right standing with Him. The requirements were utterly and completely fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way that God made. That is why Jesus said in John 14:6:
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
The ability of Jesus to reveal God is unquestionable
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Jesus manifested power that only God has
In Matthew 8:3, Jesus cleansed a leper.
Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Leprosy cannot be cured by man. Leprosy is an incurable disease to this day. Only God has the power to cleanse and cure a leper.
In Matthew 8:5-13 is the story of Jesus healing a paralytic.
5And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” 7Jesus *said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9“For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 10Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. 11“I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 12but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment.
Man has not found a way to reverse paralysis. Again, only the power of God can heal a paralytic.
In Matthew 8: 16-17 we read that Jesus cast out demons with a word, and healed all who were ill.
16When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. 17This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.”
Only the power and authority of God can cast out demons and heal all who were ill.
Matthew 8:23-27 tell us that Jesus has authority over creation (see Hebrews 1:2 above).
23When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Jesus Christ is the only person who has proven that He is Who He said He is by demonstrating the power that God alone possesses. No other name in all of creation can say that, because Jesus is God. Even Jesus Himself said in John 10:37-38:
37“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”
And there are many more proofs that cannot be counted.
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God
Look at what Peter said about Jesus in Matthew 16:13-16:
13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
There is salvation in no one else
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
Jesus died, was raised, and is now sitting at the right hand of God
who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
God is not condemning us. he died for us. He was raised from the dead for us! He is interceding for us at the right hand of God!
Jesus is Lord of All
9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Three reasons why Jesus Christ is God
- The Father and Jesus both said He is God and that He is the Son of God.
- Jesus proved that He is Who He said He is through the demonstration of the powers that only God possesses.
- The resurrection of Jesus validated what was spoken about Him by the Father and by Jesus Himself!
30“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
The humanity of Jesus
The humanity of Jesus is also clearly revealed in the Word of God. Here are three of the many places His humanity is shown.
and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
Fulfilled prophecies concerning Jesus
Fulfilled prophecies verify and reinforce the truth about Jesus. A handful of fulfilled prophecies concerning Jesus is listed below. There are many more!
- His place of birth: Micah 5:2 (fulfilled in Matthew 2:1)
- His virgin birth: Isaiah 7:14 (fulfilled in Matthew 1:8)
- His triumphal entry: Zechariah 9:9 (fulfilled in John 12:13-14)
- He was betrayed by a friend: Psalm 41:9 (fulfilled in Mark 14:10)
- His rejection: Isaiah 53:3 (fulfilled in John 1:11)
- He was crucified with sinners: Isaiah 53:12 (fulfilled in Matthew 27:28)
- His hands and feet were pierced: Psalm 22:16 (fulfilled in John 20:27)
- His resurrection: Psalm 16:10 (fulfilled in Acts 3:15)
- His ascension: Psalm 68:18 (fulfilled in Acts 1:9)
Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses and understands
15For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
He totally understands what you and I go through. There is nothing He doesn’t understand. He sympathizes with our weaknesses. We can draw near to Him free from fear of rejection because of our weaknesses and we can approach the throne of grace to find mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need, no matter what the need is. He became like us in order that we might become like Him.
Jesus is equal with God
- John 5:19,20 - Equal in working
- John 5:21,28-29 - Equal in resurrecting power
- John 5:22,27 - Equal in judgment
- John 5:23 - Equal in honor
- John 5:24-25 - Equal in power
- John 5:26 - Equal in self-existence
Jesus Christ became incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before him as he was created to do, the friend and lover of God himself. —Oswald Chambers
Some of the ways that Jesus referred to Himself
- The living water - John 4:10-14
- The bread of life - John 6:32-35
- The light of the world - John 8:12
- The door - John 10:7-10
- The good shepherd - John 10:11-18
- The resurrection and the life - John 11:17-27, 32-44
- The way, the truth, and the life - John 14:1-7
- The true vine - John 15:1-17
Do not be unbelieving, but believing
24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus *came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then He *said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
God has given us enough to believe in Jesus
30Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.