Sunday 6 April, 2014

Hebrews 2:5-9

5 God has not put angels in charge of the world that is going to come. We are talking about that world. 6 There is a place where someone has given witness to it. He said, “What is a human being that you think about him? What is the son of man that you take care of him? 7 You made him a little lower than the angels. You placed on him a crown of glory and honor. 8 You have put everything under his control.” (Psalm 8:4–6) So God has put everything under him. Everything is under his control. We do not now see everything under his control. 9 But we do see Jesus already given a crown of glory and honor. He was made a little lower than the angels. He suffered death. By the grace of God, he tasted death for everyone. That is why he was given his crown.

In the original song of worship in Psalm 8, King David is in awe of God’s creative genius. As he looks up at this incredible workmanship he asked the question – what is man that you are mindful of him?  Yet God has crowned him with glory and honour, and delegated to him oversight of everything He has created!

Hebrews takes up this theme and states that in reality man has not yet fulfilled his role in the creative purpose of God. Today, major advances are being made to exercise this role, with one notable exception – there is very little acknowledgement of the One who delegated this responsibility in the first place!

That’s exactly why Jesus came – to show us God and to live a perfect human life. We can almost hear the excitement as the writer declares that we DO see Jesus! My heart overflows with gratitude when I realise that Jesus died in my place to reconcile me to God, and then gave me ‘the ministry of reconciliation’”. That’s unconditional love isn’t it?!

Lord I am in awe of your creative genius and I worship you as the Creator and as my Saviour. I thank you for the ‘ministry’ for which you empower me. Lead me to those whom the Holy Spirit has prepared for salvation.

Written by Keith Bennett

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