“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” – Hebrew 3:1-6
Moses is a legend and hero among the Jewish people. In miraculous fashion, he led the children of Israel out of Egyptian slavery to the border of the Promised Land (v.2). God gave him the Law, he built the tabernacle marking the presence of God with his people, and he was an example of faithfulness (Num. 12:7; Heb. 11:26-29).
As much of a star Moses was in history and Scripture, Jesus is even more stellar. Consider Jesus. Take a good look at him. He became a servant and man. He was faithful to do all the Father sent him to do as Apostle and High Priest (v.1). Even Moses, prophesied about him, the Greater One who would come after him (v.5; Deut. 18:15-19).
Jesus is worthy of greater glory than Moses simply because Jesus is the Creator and center of all things (v.3), he is the builder and architect of the house in which Moses served, fulfiller of the Law (cf. 8:5; 10:1), he is the heir and ruler of all things (v.6), he is the master-servant, and he is the author salvation (v.4). There isn’t a man in all of history who can make that claim except Jesus.
We have no greater hope than Jesus. When you consider the greatness of Jesus it encourages and empowers your faithfulness to endure in your heavenly calling (v.1), which you share with other believers and members of the house of God (v.6) who are wandering this world eagerly awaiting the eternal Promised Land.
Questions for Reflection:
- Why might Jews have thought Moses was greater than Jesus?
- How are Jesus and Moses similar? How is Jesus greater than Moses?
- What is your heavenly calling? (v. 3:1; Eph. 4:1; Phil. 3:14) How is it a shared calling?
- How will you consider Jesus and hope in him today? In what areas is God calling you to be faithful?