Hebrews 1:1-4 (Part 5)…
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (Hebrews 1:1-4)
A Snapshot With His god….
Were angels competing with Jesus to be worshipped? The answer is yes in several ways. First, Satan is an angel. He not only decided to compete with the Godhead as Lord, he convinced many other angels to join him. God has condemned them forever for their rebellion. Also, many first century believers had begun worshipping angels. The bible points us clearly to set aside everything but God and to worship Him alone.
In Revelation Chapter 5 we the distinction of the Deity of Jesus vividly portrayed. (5:2,3) — Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. John saw one of the most powerful angels searching heaven for someone worthy. Eventually he found what he was looking for and it was definitely not an angel (5:11,12a) — Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb….
Who is worthy of my worship?
I met a man in Calcutta, India once who showed me a prized possession. He had a photograph of himself taken with his god. His god was a man from Bangladesh. He had a long beard and was elaborately robed and adorned. I asked him if he often spent time with his god. He responded, “No, he’s dead now. He died of lung cancer. He smoked too much.” (?????????????!!) I shared the Gospel of Jesus with him and told him that I have prayed for people with cancer who Jesus has healed. He shrugged and said, “No thanks, I like my god better.”
Many who worship various gods or inanimate things have never heard that — He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Others have heard but like the man from Calcutta simply dismiss the deity of Jesus. A still larger group is so focused on what they worship that they never even look for a who.
Jesus is worthy of my worship. He is God, Redeemer, Healer, Provider, Counselor, Creator, Deliverer, Word, Way, Root, Rock, High Priest, Truth, Lamb of God, Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Advocate, Prophet, Rabbi, Mediator, Alpha, Firstborn, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Holy and True, Good Shepherd, Apostle, Righteous Branch, Hope of Glory and my Savior. I don’t get a photo to remember Him by. Instead, He has carried me into His holy Presence for eternity. That’s definitely – so much better…..
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain…