April 27    
Today's Bible Readings
     Numbers 4
     Psalm 38
     Song of Solomon 2
     Hebrews 2
            ''But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone." (Hebrews 2:9)
            The key word in the book of Hebrews is the word better. The penman of this epistle presents Jesus as better than the elements of Jewish religion and faith. Angels were very much a part of that religious tradition, and the writer of Hebrews makes much of angels in chapters 1 and 2.
            When  we  study angels  in  Scripture we  discover  them  to be  innumerable,  immortal,  invincible  and usually   invisible. We are introduced to two wonderful and powerful archangels named Michael and Gabriel.
            A survey of Scripture will reveal that angels protect and deliver God's people, and encourage God's servants, interpret God's will to men, execute judgment upon the wicked, and even carry the saved on to Jesus. They were very much  a part of our Lord's earthly life -proclaiming His incarnation, participating  in His passion, witnessing the power of His resurrection and sharing His promise  at the ascension. They will be busy in eternity giving Him praise and celebration, and now they patiently await and anticipate His Second Advent. The archangel will shout at the return of Christ. The angels will gather the saved and separate the sheep from the goats. They are intrigued by salvation, and rejoice in the salvation of sinners. They are mysterious, majestic, mighty, ministering messengers.
But Jesus is better than the angels. There is incredible theology in today's passage. When God took on human flesh to dwell among men, His incarnation brought Him a little lower than the angels. But through the suffering of death, and the resurrection from the grave, He was crowned with glory and honor. He tasted death for us that He might bring many sons to glory. (Hebrews 2:10) When we experience His redemption and become a part of the family of God we move above the angels by the power of His resurrection.   Because of that salvation, He is not ashamed to call us brethren. (Verse 11)
            Hallelujah! What a blessing to know that we, who were created lower than the angels, have been brought to a position above them by the Captain of our Salvation who has tasted death for everyone.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him all ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
            Though 97% of the populations of the Netherlands Antilles in Latin America claim to be Christian, the openness to the Gospel has not resulted in a great harvest. Moral laxity, superstition, and growing cults show how little the message of salvation is understood. Roman Catholicism is the majority on all the islands except St. Eustatius which is predominantly Methodist and Adventist. There continues to be a great need for a bold proclamation of the truth of the Gospel among these 220,000 people.
''Oh, Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your Name in all the earth, You who set Your glory above the Heavens."
Psalms 8:1