The Book of Hebrews – Jesus Praiseworthy King

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“This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.” Hebrews 1:4

From the first words in Hebrews we can see that the focus is on Jesus Christ. The reason is obvious. The gospel ultimately boils down to three questions. Who is Jesus Christ? What has he done? What is the significance for us? One of the problems that we as Christians have is we talk more about the works of Jesus Christ, not the person of Jesus Christ. We talk about what Jesus has done for us not about who Jesus Christ is. Jesus Christ is our praiseworthy king, no matter if He never does anything for us. I forget at times that Jesus Christ is to be worshipped. He wants a relationship with us more than anything else.

This verse starts a section on angels and why Jesus is superior to the angels. We need to realize that many people in Israel considered angels to be both God’s messengers and Israel’s protectors. Many Jews looked at angels as those who come as the army of God to rescue and vindicate the nation. Second Temple literature attests to the rise of the notion of personal angels. Due to this fascination with angels, the author of Hebrews, writing to a Jewish audience who was familiar with the Second Temple literature, needed to recalibrate the theological understanding of his audience, particularly concerning angels. Hebrews was to correct the Jewish thinking about the person of Jesus Christ. We need to correct our thinking about Jesus and His role in God’s great plan of salvation.

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