The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
The central theme of this book is the finished work of Christ. That’s why Jesus sat down at God’s right Hand after His death on the Cross. It points to a completed work. The Old Covenant priests repeatedly offered sacrifices, because their offerings were imperfect (and so were they!) Day after day they stood to minister. But Jesus “sat down” and we can now come to God on the basis of His perfect offering.
Verse 4 pivots us into the second section of Hebrews in which we see that Jesus is greater than the angels. In Hebrew culture, a “name” is much more than a label. It points to a person’s nature. What hits me in this fourth verse is that whereas ‘angel’ means ‘messenger’ or ‘servant’ (see v.21), the Name ‘Jesus’ means ‘Saviour’ (Matt.1:21).
His superior Name expresses His superior nature. The angels serve us – I think probably often in ways of which we have little or no idea. But Jesus saves.
“If you rest on the finished work of Jesus you have already the best evidence of your salvation in the world; you have God’s word for it; what more is needed?” C.H.Spurgeon.