Home from Uganda, tired, weary, but grateful for the privilege of serving Jesus . . .
The author continues his discussion of the preeminence of Jesus over all by showing that God is putting all things under his feet (8). He interprets Psalm 8 (you have made them for a little while lower than the angels) (6-8) to mean that Jesus was made a little lower than the angels during his time of obedience in the incarnation. Jesus Christ as a mortal is lower than the angels but Jesus the resurrected Christ is the name above all names (see Philippians 2).
This Jesus, because he lived, suffered and died is in the unique position to help those of us who are still engaged in the struggle. Verse 18 "Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to hep those who are being tested." This is a theme that will be repeated throughout the book. That God with skin on, Jesus of Nazareth, can uniquely help us on our journey and through our suffering.