Living for the Glory of God ~ Vivir para la Gloria de Dios

Consider Christ ~ Meditating on Hebrews 3:1-6

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“Therefore, holy brothers and companions in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession; He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was in all God’s household. For Jesus is considered worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder has more honor than the house. Now every house is built by someone, but the One who built everything is God. Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s household, as a testimony to what would be said in the future. But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household. And we are that household if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.” ~ Hebrews 3:1-6
Our hearts are quickly inclined towards the veneration of others. From parents to professionals, we learn very quickly that men and women who influence us should be rightly placed into a position in which they can more easily receive our accolades (while we secretly desire to be in the same position). Yet, the author of Hebrews draws our attention to someone more important than man; instead, he tells us to consider Jesus, the magnificent God-man.
For the author, he is not merely suggesting that believers should look to Jesus, but he is commanding them, saying explicitly, “Consider Jesus.” While simplistic in construction, those two words convey much. Note that the word consider contains two uniquely joined aspects. The first is the notion of giving attention or lending attention. It means to fixate upon something. Second, it conveys a continuous action. The author is not merely exhorting believers to think about Jesus once in awhile, but instead to seriously and repeatedly meditate upon Christ, his activities and attributes. However, why is Jesus so important to fixate upon? Why is it Jesus who is the object of our faith?
To understand the answer to that question even a little bit, the author brings attention to Moses. For the Jews, Moses occupied a special point of exaltation. He was placed in a place of adoration and worship and the author knew this. Knowing the human heart and its inclination towards worshiping something or someone, this is no surprise when we consider who Moses is, especially to the Israelites. He was sovereignly protected and chosen by God (Exodus 3) and in doing so brought Moses forward to liberate the oppressed nation of Israel. Therefore, with God’s power and discretion, Moses confronted Pharaoh (Exodus 7-11) and lead them out of Egypt (Exodus 12:33-42). For Jews, the law occupies the fundamentals of their faith and it was Moses who delivered the Ten Commandments from God. As a result the law and Moses were equaled (Luke 2:22; Acts 13:39) thus justifying their identification of Moses. However, it goes further when we consider that while God spoke to the prophets with visions, he spoke directly to Moses and even so far as to allow Moses to see his glory, and the Lord took care to bury Moses upon his death (Exodus 33:11; Deuteronomy 34:6). Initially, Moses was reluctant to assume the role in which God (Exodus 3:11-4:1) and yet, in the end, he was considered to be a faithful servant. In light of all of this, Moses can be seen as a great man who is to be exemplified in his faith. In that regard then, we can make sense of why so many seek to venerate Moses.
However, despite the significance of these details about who Moses was, this particular passage in Hebrews compels us to look at Jesus as someone who is greater. Verse one begins with the word ‘therefore’ indicating a connection to the previous passage. There Christ is considered superior to the angels and that all things are subject to him (2:5, 9). His suffering brought glory to God and atonement to men (v.9). Even more it is the Lord Jesus Christ who is considered the source of salvation (v. 10) meaning that he is responsible for the fact that we can be made a new creation, set apart for God, and belong to Him. While Moses physically liberated the people from slavery in Egypt, Christ liberated all people from slavery to sin. Moreover, Jesus Christ was the creator of all (Colossians 1:16). Therefore, it is reasonable that the author draws attention to the fact that while Moses was faithful as a servant in the house of God, Christ was faithful as a Son over the house of God.
In light of all of that then, believers should be slow to exalt man and quick to exalt the God-man, our great Lord Jesus Christ. The author ends this particular section with the words, “And we are that household if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.” Because of who Christ is, the source of hope, we move forth with boldness and confidence. There is no need to waver from him when we are tempted to join the worldly ways and place humanity on the pedestal. Instead, we fixate or consider, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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