5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? 7 You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor 8 and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
Jesus was made a little lower than the angels so as He could fulfill the plan and purpose of God in dying a substitutionary death for us. As an angel Hs could not have entered the human existence fully, He, Jesus, had to come as a human, what we know as the incarnation, so that He could pay the price for our individual sins and for humanity’s sin. These verses remind us that we live in the kingdom of God, which is here and yet still coming. That is, we experience elements of the kingdom breaking through in our lives but we are not yet fully living under Jesus rule and reign on the earth.
Death has been defeated, the King is here and is coming and when He is fully here, we will experience the full benefits of the kingdom – so we pray – Maranatha – come Lord Jesus.
Father, may we all accept the substitutionary death of Jesus that we will live in Your Kingdom for eternity.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta