So far, it’s been established that Jesus is more important than angels in chapter 1 of Hebrews. Praying to angels, or saints, therefore, is useless if we already have access to Jesus Christ. It’s like having the keys to the Batmobile but going for the VW Bug. With that in mind, we’re going to see why Jesus is such a big deal.
If He’s not a big deal, you’re focusing on the wrong thing. The Chick-Fil-A fire has died down a little, but the homosexual debate has not — and Christians everywhere are still brandishing their swords and cutting the ears off of anyone that has an opinion opposite of the “pro-family” stance. If we believe Jesus is actually for real, the true debate stands as such: are you for Him, or not? Frivolous Facebook debating over gay marriage is only going to thicken the wall Christians have built. Jesus came to knock down that wall so that all may enter the kingdom.
What SHOULD we focusing on?:
“So great a salvation,” the writer of Hebrews speaks of (v. 3), is the ultimate goal we should be pursuing, as God Himself has revealed to us very clearly as the opening of this chapter explains. Why do we continue to ignore this and regress to petty arguing? Upon His death and our acceptance of it, we are saved. Forever.
“God is mindful of us” (v. 6) — another imperative fact that we constantly overlook. We’re more concerned with our own lives and what we can accomplish in ourselves when He made us “a little lower than the angels” (v. 7). If you feel like your life is insignificant, be reminded of this truth — that He sees you and notices what’s going on. Quit ignoring Him.
And then we discover that Jesus, the Son of God, was also made a little lower than the angels (v. 8), implying His humanity. Why would God become a human? This is a truth that skeptics like to ignore, because it forces the question of whether Jesus is truly God or not rather than fringe details to draw us away from what God is trying to communicate to us here: that Jesus became human to die for us. And that is something that no other “god” has ever dared to do.
Couldn’t Jesus have just stayed “God”? Why did He have to become human? The remainder of the chapter reveals that He became such for a few reasons, among others:
1) To destroy death (v. 14). The only way He could die is if He became mortal. And the only way He could encounter the devil is if He died.
2) To free those who are afraid to die (v. 15). Ignorant people conclude that we create religions in order to convenience ourselves and reduce the fear of death. The fear of death comes not from ourselves, but from a force beyond ourselves, and God established a plan to vanquish that fear.
3) To suffer (v. 17). Life can be incredibly troubling at times. The only way that Jesus could demonstrate real mercy is if He understood real frustration and pain firsthand.
There you have it. Often times we resort to apologetics, historical documents, and scientific research to solidify Jesus’ existence and make sense of everything, but the Word does the work for us. Stop trying so hard. The truth is right in front of you, and one decision needs to be made: are you with Him or not?