"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." (Hebrews 1:5-6)
If you grew up in the United States, most likely you are familiar with the 'Christmas Story', the annual retelling of the birth of Jesus. How He was born to normal everyday people in the most humble of circumstances. Because there was no room for Him in the inn, He was born among animals in a stable carved out of the earth. As Christians we celebrate this story and the entire country takes the holiday that was originally set aside to remember Christ’s birth. Christmas is a wonderful time.
This morning as I was praying over this passage of scripture asking the Lord what to write. I started thinking about Christmas. We look at the Christmas story from the viewpoint of humanity, in other words from the humble beginnings of our savior. But the Lord reminded me that Jesus' birth was a celebrated occasion in heaven. He sent a host of angels to announce this monumental event.
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." (Luke 2:8-14)
As the shepherds were lying in the fields protecting their sheep, a host of angels appeared glorifying God for sending Jesus to mankind. The Amplified Bible describes this as the appearance of "an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood)" (Luke 2:13 AMP). While we might see Jesus' birth as a humble beginning, the reality of it was that God pulled out all the stops to celebrate and glorify Jesus for entering into humanity as the Savior. The message was simple, because of Jesus' obedience; peace was extended toward mankind on behalf of God. He was not angry or upset with us because of sin. Instead He was providing the way to be reconciled once again, through Jesus.
Jesus Has God’s Stamp of Approval
In our study of Hebrews 1, we see the supremacy of Jesus. He is far superior to the angels and even the name He owns is much greater than theirs (Hebrews 1:4). In today's passage we are reminded that God has called Jesus His Son. Now Jesus has always existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He always was, is and will be. He was with God in the beginning and created everything that we see, taste and touch (John 1:1-3). He is a part of the trinity which exists in divine equality and incredible love. So the significance of Jesus becoming the only begotten Son is realized when we understand that Jesus came to earth with the full blessing and full authority of God. God put His stamp of approval on Jesus and everything Jesus said and did was initiated, backed up and approved by God. What a marvelous thing!
Many times throughout the gospels Jesus reminded the people that what he said he had heard first from the Father. He told them the things he did, He saw His Father doing. He expressed on several occasion that He was there to do the work that His Father gave Him to do. This intimate relationship in the Trinity is expressed to us in a way we can understand, the Father/Son relationship. Jesus was not God's servant because a servant does not know what the master is doing. Jesus is God's Son and the Son has the full rights, privileges, authority, knowledge and counsel of God. Everything Jesus heard from the Father, he has made known to us.
No wonder that God announced Jesus' birth with a host of heavenly angels; it was one of the most significant events in the history of humanity. Heaven celebrated this while mankind slept through the night. God has never placed such glory and honor on an angel but He has on Jesus because Jesus is the Savior. What he did for mankind far exceeds anything else ever done. What a wonderful truth to soak in and understand. Jesus, the savior, was sent by God and now resides at His right hand because His work in finished. Now He is both glorified and resurrected and offers hope and salvation to everyone that calls on His name.
Tomorrow we look at Hebrews 1:7-8; Jesus' Kingdom is Signified by Righteousness