Through a significant number of bible references the position of Jesus has been clearly defined. He is above the angels.
6. a. Hebrews 1:5: Psalm 2:7; Hebrews 1:5: 2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chron. 17:13; Hebrews 1:6: Deut. 32:43 (see Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint); Hebrews 1:7: Psalm 104:4; Hebrews 1:9: Psalm 45:6,7; Hebrews 1:12: Psalm 102:25-27; Hebrews 1:13: Psalm 110:1
b. This is not something new or different. Jesus is and has been the focal point of the biblical narrative from the very beginning. This is not a new theology but simply new light into God’s eternal plan or salvation.
7. (Challenge) a. Here are just a few to choose from: http://www.biblegateway.com/topical/topical_searchresults.php?search=messianic My favorite is Jeremiah 31:31-34
b. The bible is one story about one God and the love He has for His people. I hear people comment about “the God of the Old Testament” as if there are two different gods in the bible: one of wrath and one of love. The attributes of God are unchanging. He has always loved His creation and throughout the old testament we see time after time that he allows free will to tear his people from the safety of His arms, but when they repent and yell out to Him, He gathers them back. He holds no more of a just wrath in the Old Testament than He does in the New. However, one major thing changed – He gave His son to pay the penalty of sin. We no longer lean on the law and sacrifices of animals as an incomplete and inadequate substitution, but instead the prophecy and the plan of God, present from the day sin entered the world, has reached its apex. We, who are in Christ, are a new creation, created by the same God who created the heavens and the earth.
It amazes me, as I read the scriptures, to find how little has changed.
Here is the situation: if you want to ignore or deny Jesus Christ you still have to deal with the fact of the man on earth named Jesus. The presence of Jesus, in the flesh on this earth is so well documented throughout history than only the most blind would try to deny it as fact. What He did, what He said, Where He went, Who saw Him. It is all written down, verified by witnesses, with original cross-referencing to texts such as the dead sea scrolls. So instead of denying Jesus, unbelievers attempt to paint Him into the story differently. He was a great teacher. He was a great prophet. He was an angel. He was a spiritual being – just not the Messiah, not God.
But the answer to that, presented today, is the same as it is in Hebrews: READ THE BOOK – that isn’t what it says. In the book of Hebrews some were evidently claiming Jesus was just an angel, but that isn’t what the book says when you actually read it. This isn’t even a new story, it is the same story presented by the book beginning in Genesis. None of the stories in the bible are simply quaint tales from history – they all provide revelation into the love of God for His creation and directly or indirectly they all point, ultimately, to the gift of Jesus.