“I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things” (Revelation 22:8).
Angels are terrifying beings. They are nothing like the cute and cuddly babies with wings that Renaissance art depicts.
They are terrifyingly glorious, and they are terrifyingly powerful. They are truly fearsome creatures.
In fact, they are so fearsome that they frequently have to announce their arrival with “Fear not,” lest the mere mortals they are appearing to fall down dead in terror.
The angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel with a message, and Daniel was so terrified that he fell on his face in fear (see Dan 8:16-17).
Even the apostle John, who walked and talked and lived with Jesus for 3 years fell down to worship at the feet of an angel. Little wonder, then, that we humans should be tempted to worship and exalt them.
But there is one more fearsome in power and appearance than even the mightiest angel. There is one who truly does deserve to be worshipped.
The book of Hebrews tells us about Him. He is immeasurably superior to the angels. And He is superior for a number of reasons, as Mike shared with us yesterday.
He is superior for He has a “more excellent name” than any angel has. He has the name ‘Son’ (see Heb 1:4-5). It is a name He has had from eternity past. None of the angels can claim to be Son of the Father.
In fact, He is so infinitely superior that all those terrifyingly powerful angels are commanded to fall down and worship Him (Heb 1:6).
These mighty angels are not autonomous creatures. They are His servants, existing to do His will (Heb 1:7, 14). They serve Him for He is the sovereign king, seated on His eternal throne. And His kingdom is one of righteousness (Heb 1:8). Not a single angel – no matter how powerful – can make that claim.
In fact, He is so powerful that He created the heavens and the earth and all things in them (including the angels) with just a word, and He sustains them just as easily – right up until He decides to bring this present creation to an end (Heb 1:10-12).
While the heavens and the earth have a beginning and will one day end, He does not. His days are without number and without end, for He is eternal (Heb 1:12).
He is supreme. One day every knee will bow before Him. One day every tongue will confess that He is Lord.
Some will rejoice to confess His name. Some will bitterly confess His name.
But one thing is certain – it won’t be an angel that we are confessing and bowing before.
It will be none other than Jesus Christ, the one who is superior in every way to the angels.
Which group will you be in?