Who doesn’t look into the night sky without being stirred to praise and adoration at the heavenly bodies? Even the enemies of God are struck by the beauty of the universe.
David wrote, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” [Ps 8:3].
In David’s eyes, we seem so insignificant compared with the universe. Insignificant in size, and insignificant in beauty. And yet, the wonder of mankind surpasses even the beauty of the heavens.
For all its flaws – and there are many – mankind is the pinnacle of God’s creation.
What else is there in all of creation with the creativity of mankind? With the inventiveness, the artistic flair? With the ability to learn and to grow and to think outside the box? With the curiosity to search out new lands and new technologies?
The intricacies of the human body, the unfathomable depths of the human mind; truly wonderful creations. What else is made in the image of God? In what else resides ‘the breath of God’?
Truly, there is nothing in all of creation to compare with mankind.
And yet, mankind is made “a little lower than the heavenly beings” [Ps 8:5]. Why should God care for him?
As magnificent as the sun and moon and stars are, they are inanimate objects. As fascinating as the birds and the fish and the wild animals are, they aren’t made in the image of God.
God has set His love on humanity, not because of any worth in humanity itself, but because He chose to. And so, while He made man a little lower for a time, He will one day crown him (yes, and her, for those who are pedantic about these things) with glory and honour.
And He began this elevation to glory and honour with Jesus, who was first made lower – much lower – than the heavenly beings. In fact, the Creator of all things was made lower than even His contemporaries – at least, lower in their eyes.
“He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men…” [Isa 53:2-3].
But not forever. His dominion is coming. His glory will one day be seen by all and sundry. The very heavens themselves will be subject to this One who was made lower.
“For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.
But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone” [Heb 2:5-9].
Friend, you might think little of Jesus Christ. But one day – sooner than you think – you will see Him crowned with glory and honour. On that day, you will bow before Him, willingly or unwillingly. But you will bow. Will you bow before Him now? For, by the grace of God, He tasted death for you. For you!