Apples and Oranges; Jesus and Angels

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Apples and Oranges; Jesus and Angels” from Hebrews 1:4-14.

Hebrews 1:4-14 (ESV)

So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

The Son Superior to Angels

For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.” But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” To which of the angels did God ever say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Jesus is categorically superior to the angels.

  • He is superior in name.
  • He is superior in rule.
  • He is superior for his love of righteousness.
  • He is superior in His identity as creator.
  • He is superior in His eternality.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What does it take to be important in the eyes of the world?
  • How is importance in God’s eyes different?
  • Who is Jesus superior to according to today’s scripture passage?
  • In what ways is He superior to the angels?