Advent Series from Hebrews
December comes and with it images of Christmas filled with, not sugar plums and fairies, but angelic figures. Dr. Luke’s angels come with news of the births of John the Baptist and Jesus for they are God’s instrument of messaging to men. Although we have no idea what angels look like, contemporary secularism has elevated them to near godlike state. Thus it was fitting that the author of Hebrews reminds his readers that angelic figures are just that, messengers of God to mankind. We are not to worship them but the Son of God. He alone is the radiance of God’s glory is to be worshiped. Paul reminds the Corinthians that Satan seeks worship and disguises himself as an angel of light but beneath that exterior is evil personified. Therefore, as we think and ponder angelic figures for our Advent season we are to be cautious and remember Jesus alone is far better than angels as he inherited a name superior name to theirs. He writes angels are ministering spirits sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation which has been purchased by the blood of the Son. Again the Hebrews author reminds us that God in his infinite wisdom did not put the control of the world to them but to the Son.
It is Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone; bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
As you prepare for Advent place angelic figures in their rightful place not as personages to be worshiped for that alone is given to the Son of God.