MADE A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS
Leslie M. John
“Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:8-9)
God loved us. His sent His only Son Jesus into this world. Jesus died, and rose from the dead that we may, by believing in Him, enjoy the fellowship with Him, and be conformed to Christ’s image at His second coming. The first redemption was seen when the LORD made coats of skins and clothed Adam and Eve (cf. Genesis 3:1-24), and our redemption is seen in the crucifixion of Jesus as written in Luke 23:1-56 and in other Gospels, as well.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16)
Lord Jesus Christ, who was equal with the Father, relinquished His glory and came down to this earth to save mankind from being lost eternally. Just before His crucifixion the Lord prayed to the Father to glorify Him because He obeyed the Father and glorified Him. Jesus was the only one, who humbled Himself and took a position to be lower than that of angels, has gained the authority over all and is crowned with glory.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9)
“These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee” (John 17:1)
It pleased the Father to bruise His only Son for our sake on the cross that by believing in Him we may have everlasting life. The body of Jesus buried in the tomb did not see corruption and He was raised by the Father on the third day. Jesus was seen by many for forty days on this earth after His resurrection, and was taken up in clouds.
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand” (Isaiah 53:10)
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9)
He will come back in the same way as He was taken up and receive us. As of now, Lord Jesus Christ is seated on the right hand of the Majesty, after purging of our sins, crowned with glory and honor. He took a positon lower than angels for short period of time, in order that He may die on our behalf.
Lord Jesus Christ tasted death on behalf of us and was raised from the dead that man by confessing Him as ‘Lord’ should not taste spiritual death but rise from the dead. The body that is created with the dust has to return to dust, but believer in Christ will rise with a glorified body housing his inner man, which is his redeemed soul to be in the Lord.