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Consider Jesus – Hebrews 3

October 5, 2009

Hebrews 3 opens with the exhortation to “consider Jesus, the prophet and high priest of our confession.”  This sentence should cause the Christian reader to pause.  Reflecting back on chapters 1 and 2, there is much to consider.  Jesus is the culmination of God’s saving promises, he is greater than angels, he, who is our Creator God, became like us in every way, and became our payment for sin through his death.  The call to consider Jesus should fill the Christian heart with joy over the saving promises of God fulfilled in his Gospel.

Yet, the author gives more content to our consideration of Jesus.  He compares Jesus to Moses in order to show that “Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses” (3:3).  Why?  Both Moses and Jesus are seen as “faithful” in the house of God.  But Moses is seen faithful as a servant in the house of God, while the Son is the “builder” of the house.  As the most basic, fundamental level, there is a Creator-creature distinction between Jesus and Moses.  Jesus is not just part of God’s saving plan, he is the “author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2).  He is God and he acts perfectly and faithfully on behalf of his house that he built.

Also, Moses’ life and ministry was not an end to itself.  Rather, it testified “to the things that were to be spoken later” (Heb. 3:5).  Moses pointed to one’s life and ministry that would be greater and more effective than his – the Son’s.  It is the faithfulness of another that would grant the joy of salvation.  Since it is the faithfulness of God that is the basis of our confession, our hope is sure and we can have a true confidence.  It is with this thought that the author exhorts his readers to persevere in the faith, “And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope” (3:6).  The basis of our perseverance is the constant consideration of Jesus – our hope and our confidence.

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