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Vital signs- Saturday, April 20th, 2024

Vital signs

What are you tempted to put above Jesus in your life? Angels have never been on the list for me! 

For first century Jews, however, angels were a much bigger deal. Angels were seen as agents of revelation. They ministered in the presence of God, they mediated the covenant to Moses, they appeared to people as manifestations of God’s presence, and acted as guides. They even assisted Israel in battle and intervened in Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac. Angels played an important role in revealing God’s will to His people. In the big moments of God’s story, they were always there.

But what if there was a better way that God has chosen to reveal himself and guide His people? 

The author of Hebrews contrasts Jesus with angels to demonstrate the superiority of His message and ministry. 

Angels worshipped Jesus; Jesus worships no-one! 

Angels are temporary; Jesus is eternal. 

Angels are servants; Jesus sits at the Father's right hand. 

God has always sent messages and messengers, but none as significant and important as Jesus! Jesus is God’s best message to the world!

A messenger gives weight to the message they bring! The more important a messenger, the more important the message. 

When the United States sends the Secretary of State, or Australia sends the Foreign Minister they’re putting their full weight behind the message they’re sending. 

God couldn’t send a more important messenger to deliver His message of love to the world than His own Son.

We may not be tempted to elevate angels as guides. Yet every day we’re told “follow your heart”. 

But the heart is an inferior guide for life. Jesus is better! 

Are you listening to Jesus? Is He guiding you? Leading you? And are you following Him?

”This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names. For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” God also said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said, “Let all of God’s angels worship him.” Regarding the angels, he says, “He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire.” But to the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.” He also says to the Son, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will live forever.” And God never said to any of the angels, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.” Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.“

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭1‬:‭4‬-‭14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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