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Summary: The book of Hebrews is all about Jesus!

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SIMPLY JESUS

Jesus King of Angels

Hebrews 1:4-14

INTRODUCTION

-On December 2 there was a cross country race featuring runners from around the world.

-The clear leader through the entire race was a Kenyan runner named Abel Mutai.

-Just as he approached the finish line something strange happened. He stopped.

-He was confused about where the finished line was, and stopped just before he got there.

-A few moments later the second place runner; a Spanish runner Iván Anaya came up behind him.

-He had the opportunity to run past Mutai and steal the victory.

-But he did something shocking; he also stopped!

-He knew that Abel Mutai was the better runner, and had run a better race, and so he pushed him up to the real finish line and helped him to win.

-Iván Anaya could have tried to take first place, but he knew he was the second place runner.

-He knew that first place rightfully belong to someone else.

-That’s a perfect illustration for our passage today about Jesus and the angels.

-Angels are impressive and powerful creatures, but they will always be second to Jesus. Because Jesus is…better.

-The book of Hebrews uses the word “better” 11 times to describe the superiority of Jesus Christ.

-And that’s what the book of Hebrews is all about…Jesus is better, than anything, anyone, any priest, prophet or king. He’s better.

-Last week we saw that In the OT God made promises, and in the NT God fulfilled those promises through Jesus.

-We looked at seven characteristics about Jesus, if you missed it you can listen to it online.

-Vs 4 tells us the main idea of our passage right away.

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

-You might think it’s obvious that Jesus is greater than the angels.

-But throughout the history of God’s people there have been problems with angel worship.

-The OT Kings Ahab and Manasseh led the people of Israel to worship angels.

-In the NT books of Galatians and Colossians there were warnings about angel worship which had begun to infiltrate the church.

-Even the apostle John bowed down to an angel in his revelation vision but the angel said, “No! Don’t worship me! (Rev 19:10)

-And throughout history there have been false teachers who have suggested that Jesus himself was an angel.

-But vs 4 says the name God gave Jesus is greater than the angels names. And the name he’s given Jesus is “Son”.

-There are people who are obsessed with angels.

-They have angel necklaces, angel figurines, and bumper stickers that say “angel on board”.

-People who don’t even know Jesus…declare their trust in angels.

-They say, “I have an angel was watching over me.”

-But angels aren’t private security contractors!

-They work at Christ’s commands, for Christ’s people, and to serve Christ’s purposes.

-They cannot save you, they cannot help you, they don’t work for you outside of the will of Jesus.


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