THE HUMANITY OF CHRIST
Christ is described as being a little lower than angels, but made like unto His brethren. This ascribes to Him humanity, but at the same He is crowned with glory and honour. His act of humility makes Him the Saviour of mankind. He was man yet superior in His being.
Christ is superior as a member of the human race because God has put the world under His control. This is a reference to the human race. The humanity of Christ is a paradox, for when He took up human form, He did not give up His divinity. He was God and man at the same time. However, man could not differentiate between Him and other people. Angels were seen as being more glorious and possessing more power than man. When Jesus began His ministry, many began to change their minds about Him. His speech and miracles spoke for Him that indeed He was the Son of God. The Jews who were not persuaded were very angry with Him for making Himself equal with God.
The text said that He was made a little lower than angels, but crowned with glory and honour. This assertion is a quote from Psalm 8:4-6. The original recipients of this epistle did not have a clear picture of the position of Christ in the flesh. The writer referred to the Scriptures that were familiar to them to show that the place of Christ in His incarnation is revealed in the Psalms. Paul said that Christ having been raised from the dead must reign until He has put His enemies under His feet. Death is the last enemy.
The assertion that He is made lower than angels is shown in the fact that He was born in human flesh, He went through all the pain and affliction that come to the lower creatures. This humble assumption of human flesh was a necessity because He had to fulfil His earthly mission.
THOUGHT: The Son of God became the Son of man that the sons of men may become the sons of God. (Calvin)
PRAYER: May I, in humble adoration, adopt the mind of Christ.