“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
This group of Hebrew were being threatened by persecution for their faith in Christ (see chapter 10). It has been documented that as this threat intensified. As a result, they were tempted to deny any identification with Jesus the Messiah. It is possible that these people were allowing the teachings of the Qumran community to enter into their beliefs.
The Qumran were messianic Jews living near the Dead Sea and their brand of religion was just as dead. They included the worship of angels in their brand of reformed religion, which the Bible today clearly speaks against. Any true angel of the Lord will point you to Jesus and tell you to worship Him. This may have been the reason the writer tells us that Jesus is higher than the angels and He created the angels but now He was made lower for a time. But, what did the writer mean by this?
The writer is telling us very plainly that Jesus is God incarnate. “The Incarnation, this mysterious miracle at the heart of historic Christianity, is central in the New Testament witness.” Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world and it is belief in Him, and no other created being, that saves. John wrote, “Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist” (2 John 7). Jesus is not just a “good man” or just a prophet, He is God in flesh and our Lord and Savior. What Jesus do you believe in?
“The New Testament forbids worship of angels (Col. 2:18; Rev. 22:8-9) but commands worship of Jesus and focuses consistently on the divine human Savior and Lord as the proper object of faith, hope, and love here and now. Religion that lacks these emphases is not Christianity. Let there be no mistake about that!.” – J.I. Packer