Verse: Hebrews 3:1-6
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
This passage in Hebrews seems to have the purpose of reminding the Jewish believers that Jesus is greater than Moses. Moses was the one to whom God gave the original law. Moses had such a close relationship with God, that he heard his voice outright. His life foreshadowed Jesus. He led the Hebrew people out of slavery to the Egyptians, performed multiple miracles by God’s power, and took them back to the land that God had promised to Abraham. Moses was a savior to his people.
The law that God gave to Moses, Jesus fulfilled with his perfect life. He took away the need for a high priest by becoming just that. Our bridge back to God, when we were separated by our sin, our inability to live up to Moses’ law. Jesus restored us to relationship with God, by his ultimate sacrifice. By reminding us to fix our eyes on Jesus, but also referencing the importance of Moses, we get a glimpse into the rich history of the Jewish faith and the way that Jesus makes it more beautiful and complete. And we are now a part of that. We are God’s house. Whatever life may look like in this moment, whatever the holiday season may bring for each one of us, we have hope in Jesus and the way he brings restoration.
Jesus, we turn our eyes to you. Help us to hold on to the confidence that is found only in you. Help us to trust you with our lives, after all, you have made everything. Thank you for the way you restore us. Our hope is in you. Amen.
Author: Emily Costa