I am preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. It is a 26 day journey ending on Christmas Day.
Day 22 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled His Superiority.
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1:1–4)Jesus is superior to the prophets and angles. As a believer this is not hard for me to understand and believe. Jesus is the Lord. Jesus is God.
But the author of Hebrews is writing this to Jews whose whole understanding of God had come through Moses, the prophets, and angles. This was a huge hurdle for them to get over. For them Jesus was just another great teacher with incredible understanding, perhaps a great priest, maybe a prophet sent by God, or maybe even a ruler, but nothing more. Jesus is a great teacher, prophet, and ruler from God, but much much more.
I am reminded this morning that Jesus is superior. Period. Jesus is superior to all my grand understandings of God. Jesus is superior of everything in my life, everything that exists.
What ideas or things do I have or want that I have raised up too high in my life? Lord help me to let go and lay them at your feet. Jesus you are superior!
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.