Author: Ron Graham

Christ in Hebrews

Christ Above
—More about Jesus “crowned with glory”

A second lesson on the Hebrew writer’s statement that Jesus Christ is "crowned with glory and honor" (Hebrews 2:9, Psalms 8:5-6).

Hebrews 1:1-14, Hebrews 2:5-18, Hebrews 3:1-6

Jesus had to be made like his brethren, a little lower than the angels. But now he is crowned with glory, a Son over his own house, above the angels, above Moses, equal with God.

1 Christ above the angels

To establish the true height of the glory and honor with which Jesus has been crowned, the Hebrew writer compares him with the angels. There have always been those who place Christ in the position of an archangel rather than in the position of God. In the first two chapters, the Hebrew writer clarifies the relative glory of Christ and the angels.

2 Christ above Moses

Understandably, the Hebrews have great respect for Moses, and hold him in much the same high esteem as they do their ancestor Abraham. The Hebrew writer holds these partriarchs in high esteem too, however he does point out that Christ is superior to them. We will come to Abraham in a later lesson, but for now briefly notice how the Hebrew writer compares Christ with Moses.

The Hebrew writer shows us that the old law of Moses was "a shadow of good things to come" (see Hebrews 8:5, Hebrews 10:1), and he makes even Moses himself a shadow testifying of Christ.

Obviously a person’s shadow is inferior to the person himself. It is an honor for Moses to be a type or symbol of Christ, but to Christ himself belongs the real crown of glory and honor.

3 Christ equal with God

Finally, the crown of glory and honor reflects Christ’s equality with God. That equality has been strongly evident in what we have been studying regarding Christ crowned with glory and honor. It is appropriate to conclude our study by briefly noting the following points that show that Christ is equal to God.

So we understand the true import of his being "crowned with glory and honor" for this man so crowned is not only a man but is also God. By his deeds as a man, and his deeds as God, he is certainly worthy of all honor and glory.

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