Jesus is superior to Moses (continued).
The Israelites who came out of Egypt had high hope in Moses because God sent him, and God spoke to him face-to-face. Accordingly, they thought that God accepts them because of Moses. They, however, failed to recognize that the service performed by Moses pointed to one who is greater than he. They overlooked the fact that the God-incarnate, Jesus Christ, sent Moses to them. “‘Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you – Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. However, if you do not believe his writings, how would you believe My words?'” John 5:45 – 47, NKJV. Jesus, here, referred to Deuteronomy where Moses instructed the people: “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren, Him you shall hear,” Deuteronomy 18:15, NKJV.
The people, Moses lead out of Egypt, could not enter the promised land, not because they lost their status as the redeemed people, but because they did not believe in God’s purpose for leading them out of Egypt. They credited Moses for their release from slavery; they did not credit God. By their unbelief, they forfeited the blessings and the privileges guaranteed by their status as the redeemed people. The author of the Hebrews, therefore, cautions the believers and followers of Jesus Christ. “Beware, brethren, last there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;” Hebrews 3:12, NKJV.
This advice is for the believers in all ages of the Christian era. Throughout the ages past, some believers acknowledged Jesus as their Lord but did not accept, without reservation, the completed and perfect salvation accomplished by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. They placed the primary emphasis on the lifestyle they thought is required for salvation, without realizing that, by this, they were rejecting the “author of their salvation,” Jesus Christ. Sadly, this practice persists to this day. All believers, regardless of a social position, should have a steadfast conviction that the salvation by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, is their eternal status. If we do not trust Jesus that He has accomplished everything needed for our salvation then, we forfeit the joy of the daily experience of our permanent status in Jesus Christ. Salvation is an accomplished fact; not to be gained, but to be enjoyed. Jesus proclaimed, ‘It is done’ He did not say ‘It will be done.’