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Hebrews 3:1-6 - Jesus greater than Moses

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Hebrews 3:1-6
Consider Jesus –  Jesus greater than Moses

So far in chapter one we have Jesus being superior to the angels, Jesus made and sustains the world (1:1–2, 10), But the angels are “ministering spirits” (v14), serving those who are to inherit Salvation, that is Christian believers.

In chapter 2 Jesus takes on human flesh and fulfils the hope of Psalm 8 for all his people (2:7–8): "You [O God] have made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, and have appointed him over the works of your hands; you have put all things in subjection under his feet."

We are also warned against drifting away, standing still and becoming complacent.

Now in Chapter 3, no surprise but its all about????

It's all about Jesus... 

Therefore (that is in light of Christ’s priest hood end of chapter 2), holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling (that being those of us who profess faith in Christ), consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.

Consider Jesus...
If I were to ask you to consider Jesus, what might it be that you would consider about him?

You know there is so much in this book that in a lifetime you could never consider everything there is to consider about Jesus, and then you would be promoted to glory, and you would then continue in eternity considering the vastness and wonderfulness of Jesus, and still not cover it all.

Last chapter, don't drift away from your heavenly calling, there is a great high priest speaking on your behalf.  This chapter consider Jesus, all the days of your life and beyond, consider him, that you focus will remain, the wonder will never cease, the life changing experiences will roll one after another, so that you will not drift away, meandering down the lazy river of life and away from his eternal rest.

Why should we be so concerned about thinking and meditating on Jesus?
Verse 2 continues -
who was faithful to him who appointed him (that being God the Father), just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. (also found in Numbers 12:7 -  Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house.)

Moses fulfilled his appointed role in faithfully following God's redemptive plan in the exodus, and in recording law.  Still today he receives significant respect, Jesus however,
verse 3 continues - has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses.

Okay another question, What does the word glory mean?  We sing it all the time in church, and with the Olympics coming up we should be no stranger to the term, so what does it mean?

I was curious as to what a dictionary might say, and was quite astounded by the simplicity, and yet the apparent significance of what had to say.

This is their definition.
Glory is great praise and recognition won by doing something important

AND and the praise offered to God.

1.An example of glory is when you save a child's life and are suddenly famous and praised by all.
2.An example of glory is what the saints and angels enjoy in heaven.
3.An example of glory is when you restore on old, falling down mansion and put it back to the magnificent state it was in, restoring its former glory.

It's that last one that really struck me as quite a profound statement in the context of Hebrews 3 which I will come back to at the end, But first I can just picture a scene with all the disciples sitting round a table eating food and drinking wine, and playing Patriarch Top Trumps (a patriarch being a human father or founder of our faith, commonly noted as being for example Abraham, Isaac & Jacob)

Peter firmly grasping his card  the Abraham Card, as he was the first father,
John jumping in with the Moses Card, because he couldn't possibly let Peter just be right, after all he was the disciple whom Jesus loved and Moses parted the Red Sea and spoke face to face with God, and Thomas slipping in with the Jacob Card because Jacob was a dreamer who escaped death, and became a ruler of even his own brothers.

All the time I can see Jesus set slightly aback from the table reclining softly, smoking his pipe and stroking his beard  (Not that neither Jesus nor I smoked, nor condone the abuse of ones body by inhaling toxic and addictive poisons found in the substance know as tobacco) rather bemused by the discussion in front of him. (Somewhat like Gandalf the grey might in LOTR)

Suddenly they stop short of a food fight, turn to Jesus and say “so Jesus tell us, which one of us is right? Who do you think is the greatest, Abraham? Moses?”

With a slight roll of the eyes and a puff of the pipe Jesus gently exclaims,  “well, I created the earth, I created Abraham, Jacob & Moses.  I also created all of you, and all you see before you, so I suppose that would make me the greatest”

Silence, you could hear a pin drop......  They were playing Patriarch Top Trumps, but they were missing the super card, the single trump card that trumps all other cards... Jesus

Continuing in verses 3-4

For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honour than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)

Lets take for example the Sistine chapel, The world famous painting “The creation of Adam” - looking up at that ceiling, its magnificent, the detail and skill is just breath taking, its a work of beauty, that is matched only by the skill and accomplishment of its creator, the world renowned Michelangelo.

Anyone can take some paint and a brush and make some pretty patterns, including an elephant it would seem, but a master piece, that takes skill, dedication, perseverance, and attention to the smallest of detail.  Yes we admire the painting, but we remember and celebrate the artist who created it.

So it is with the house that Jesus built, namely his church, those that proclaim faith in his birth, death AND resurrection, boldly attesting to him through whom creation was brought into being.  Moses was faithful as a servant,  But Jesus who also came to serve, but who is ultimately both the Son of God, and God himself.  The Rock upon whom His church was built.

I mentioned earlier on the how struck I was by the definition of Glory, let me go back to example 3

“An example of glory is when you restore on old, falling down mansion and put it back to the magnificent state it was in, restoring its former glory.”

Jesus created the world and his church, who disobeyed and became sinful, and broken.  He then re-entered the world as the servant king, to give his life on the cross that he might restore His church and reconcile us back to the Father through his resurrection.

He is the alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

On him hangs all your hope of heaven. If you have any confidence this morning that your sins are forgiven and that you will persevere in faith and attain your heavenly calling, this confidence depends on Jesus. The greater and more glorious he is, the greater our hope and confidence.
If you lack in that confidence, if you are swayed left and right, worrying about your relationship with the Father, then I implore you... Consider Jesus, Consider the works of his hands, consider the sacrifice of his blood, and consider the life changing event of His resurrection and ascension, securing hope and a renewing of our minds through the redeeming power of His Holy Spirit working in us and through us.

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