Jesus, greater than Moses.
“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.” Hebrews 3:1, 2, NKJV. The “holy brethren” refers to the position in salvation. When, by trusting Jesus, we accept the salvation by the faithfulness of Jesus, we become holy because of the salvation we have in Jesus Christ; not because of the quality of life we live. A proper Christian living does not make us holy; it demonstrates the holiness we have in Jesus Christ.
The author of the Hebrews contrasts Jesus with Moses because both were called and sent by God to free the people who were in slavery to the evil power. AN essential distinction between Moses and the Messiah is the nature and the scope of the mission. Moses was sent to free a people from slavery to Egypt, and lead them into the promised land, the “land of milk and honey.” Jesus, however, was sent by God to free the entire humankind from the slavery to the kingdom of sin and darkness, and lead them into the Kingdom of Light and Righteousness – Jesus Christ Himself, the God’s eternal Kingdom. The people liberated by Moses had an earthly calling and destination. The people freed by the Messiah have the heavenly calling and the heavenly destiny. The people whom Moses liberated from slavery had the temporary priesthood with a temporary temple and the law; which were the shadow pointing to better things. God, in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, called the humankind into the eternal kingdom of priests, with Jesus as the eternal High Priest.
Moses was faithful to his mission as the servant of God. Jesus Christ was faithful to His mission as the promised Son of God. Therefore, Jesus, the Son, is greater than Moses, the servant. The Son of the Master is above the servants of the Master. “And Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” Hebrews 3:5, 6, NKJV.
Continued in the next blog.