God’s Anointed One–Exalted Above All by Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell

God’s Anointed One—Exalted Above All

By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell

Scripture Readings: Hebrews 1:6-14

Key Verse: Hebrews 1:6: “And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, ‘And let all the angels of God worship Him.’”

I have always thought that the Old Testament story of the Israelites worshipping a golden calf seemed silly—how could they make a figure like that and worship it? We are warned against worshipping false gods, told to guard ourselves from false doctrines, to test the spirits that beckon us to make sure they come from God. Those who have felt that they have encountered angels may be tempted to continue to commune with the spirit world, to try to get in touch with their Guardian Angels—aren’t they from God? Aren’t the angels spoken of in the Bible?

The Bible certainly mentions angels, some of them by name, such as Gabriel and Michael who have very specific roles. I love these stories. I believe in angels and their protection. I even have a collection of angels—my husband gives me one every Christmas Eve at church! And if God sent angelic beings to me, I hope that I would test them and know that they were from Him. But, I know better than to worship them or the little angel figurines. Why would I want to worship an angel instead of God himself?

We sometimes put our faith in the wrong things or the wrong people, but we need to remember who is really in charge. If we need spiritual connection, Jesus waits for us, seeks us, listens to hear from us. We have a direct connection to the Messiah, the very one who loved us so much that he died on the cross to reconcile us to God whose very nature is love. It is Jesus that the angels themselves worship. I don’t want a consolation prize—I want the greatest gift of all, Jesus himself.

It is Jesus whose throne is forever. It is Jesus who holds the righteous scepter. It is Jesus who loved righteousness. It is Jesus who is the holy, anointed one. It is Jesus who is exalted above all, superior to his celestial companions. It is Jesus who laid the foundations of the earth. It is Jesus whose hands made the heavens. It is Jesus who never changes. It is Jesus whom God put at his right hand after he atoned for our sins.

It is Jesus who is worthy of our worship. After all, aren’t the angels His messengers, “ministering spirits sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?”

Prayer: May I always remember that you are the Messiah, the one true God. May I always remember that you are the only one worthy of my worship. May I always remember that you are the Anointed One—Exalted above all others, King of Kings, Lord of Lords!

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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