Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
There are some who reject the truth that Jesus is God. They claim that He is an exalted angel. Yet the Bible teaches us that not only was Jesus never an angel, at one point He was made even ‘a little lower than the angels.’ When did this happen and why?
1) When Was Jesus Made a Little Lower Than the Angels?
Jesus was made a little lower than the angels when He took upon Himself the form of human flesh. Consider these verses of scripture.
Hebrews 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels…
The Bible teaches us that one day, man will have a part in governing the angels (see 1 Cor 6:3). But that is not so today. Today mankind is in many ways inferior to the angels. For instance, man does not have the kind of power that the angels have. Man is not able to go back and forth between heaven and earth as the angels can. Man is susceptible to disease and death, whereas angels are not.
Jesus therefore, when He became a man, put Himself in a position that was a little lower than the angels. Philippians 2:7 says that He ‘made Himself of no reputation’ which means literally that He emptied Himself. He did not empty Himself of His deity, but He laid aside many of His rights and privileges as deity. Jesus became a little lower than the angels when He became a common, ordinary man.
2) Why Was Jesus Made a Little Lower Than the Angels?
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death…
When the Bible speaks of Jesus ‘being made’, it is not a reference to His creation, but rather to His – incarnation. (Incarnation means – “In flesh”) When Jesus clothed Himself in human flesh, He was making Himself a little lower than the angels so that as a man, He could die for the sins of mankind. I love the way Paul expresses it in the book of 2 Corinthians- “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” (2 Cor 8:9)