Observation: The preacher uses Psalm 8 as his preaching text here. "What are mere mortals that you think about them...or the son of man should care for him?" He does so to connect the authority given to adam over creation with Jesus connection over heaven and earth. Again establishing the Son's uniqueness from humans and angels. We are left to see only Jesus, crucified and risen.
Application: I started wearing glasses when I was 6. For a long time I had trouble seeing. That might be the point the preacher is trying to convey to this troubled community of faith. For some reason, christians have trouble wrapping their minds around Jesus being both divine and human. Such was the case here. There seems to be some trouble about Jesus being either too divine or too human. The community is having trouble seeing that Jesus will command control over all things....all things. Not angels, not us....Jesus. Sometimes people see (and hear) what they want to see (and hear).
The trouble with faith is that we do not see Jesus in control of anything. It appears that the world is going to hell in a heavily decorated hand basket. Like wearing glasses, the lens we choose to look out of helps us see. The lens of faith helps us see Jesus beyond the wreckage, beyond the suffering, beyond the death. Jesus, crucified and risen, is Lord of all and one day he will reign supreme. The eyes of faith are able to see Jesus' reign. Sometimes are vision is clouded but it is this faith of seeing Jesus that comforts us in the midst of tragedy and death, for those we love and the world outside our doors. And because he suffered death for us is now crowned in glory.
Prayer: Lord help us to see you at work in our lives and at work in the world.