This is a series of daily, devotional posts that work through the Scriptures used in Handel’s Messiah. The musical numbers that correspond to these passages of Scripture are linked below through Spotify. So give this a read and then a listen.
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Hebrews 1:5, 6 KJV:
For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? Let all the angels of God worship Him.
The author of Hebrews seeks to show that Jesus us “better than.” Better than what? Everything. But the first line of reasoning is to show that Jesus is better than the angels. He is superior to even powerful angelic beings. He is supreme over all.
This passage in Hebrews cites Psalm 2:7 wherein we find a glorious statement that we know, through the unfolding of God’s revelation, is from the Father to the Son: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession…'” The Nicene Creed affirms that Jesus was “begotten, not made.” Jesus never had a start time to His existence. He is eternally God – eternally self-existing just as the Father and the Spirit are eternally self-existing within the Godhead. And yet Jesus was eternally begotten of the Father. He is from the Father, but He was never made. There was never a time when Jesus was not.
We need to remember at Christmas time that when Jesus was born to the virgin He “became flesh” but He nevertheless existed for eternity with God (John 1:14). The Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). God has come to be with us. And Jesus is God before all time and for all eternity.
That is why Jesus is better than everything. We worship Him as God incarnate. He is supreme over all.
Let all the angels worship Him.
Let all His creation worship Him.
Let all the nations, His inheritance, worship Him.