As I think back to growing up in Canada, I can only remember one or two visits from the Queen of England, the figurehead of Canada, a part of the British Commonwealth. Those were big occasions. Life stopped and people fell over themselves to give her honor. Much more frequent were visits from her family members. Early on, before he fell out of popularity, Prince Charles would visit. When he took a beautiful, charming bride named Diana, they visited several times, to huge crowds as well. Last year, the Queen’s grandson William’s and his stunning bride Kate’s first official royal visit as a couple was to Canada. This was a great honor and they were greeted with open arms and much love.
When British political leaders would visit Canada, though, I don’t remember much pomp and circumstance. There is a British ambassador to Canada but nobody makes a big deal out of him. Most Canadian don’t even know who he or she is.
If you are the king or queen, you are deserving of the highest honor. If you are the child of the king, great honor is given as well. Servants of the king just aren’t as highly esteemed.
It would seem odd to run off from a parade for William and Kate to a dinner for a British parliamentarian. When you can get the grandson why settle for a subject?
The author of Hebrews would most certainly agree. There was a strain of first century Judaism that emphasized angels, maybe even to the point of veneration. It would appear the Hebrew Christians came from this background. To them the author asked:
For to which angel did God ever say, “You are my son; today I became your father?” Or, again, “I will be his father, and he will be my son?” (1:5)
But he did say this to Jesus, one who is superior to angels in every way. So why trade Jesus for angels?