Better than Moses
Note: Hebrews 3 is our reading this morning.
“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.”
– Hebrews 3:1–3 ESV
When I read the Old Testament, I’m always amazed at the stories of Moses. He was incredible. We could spend the rest of the month just talking about him, but let’s just remember four things we learned in Sunday School as kids:
- Moses led his people out of slavery in Egypt.
- Moses parted the Red Sea providing a way for safe passage from slavery to freedom.
- Moses patiently led them through the wilderness headed towards the promised land.
- Moses stood between God and the people of Israel and asked God to be merciful to them.
Hebrews 3:3 tells us that Jesus is even better than Moses. It is amazing to me how God shaped the history of a group of people not only to bring his Son into the world at the perfect time, but also to tell a story of redemption that his Son would fulfill. Jesus is better than Moses because he leads his people out of the deepest slavery: bondage to sin and death. Jesus is better because he provided a way for us to be free and to know God by giving his life, by being the way to freedom. Jesus is better than Moses because he patiently leads every believer not just to the promised land, but eternally into his own promised Kingdom. Jesus is better than Moses because he made a way for God to merciful to his people and maintain justice by taking the punishment we all deserve on himself. Moses was great, but he gives us only a taste of the better Jesus.
If Jesus is such a great leader, then we want to take seriously his call to follow. If he has made a way to freedom, we want to take it. So we receive the warning from Hebrews 3:
“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.”
– Hebrews 3:12–14
Watch your hearts. The way is filled with temptation to pull you away from the living God. He stands daily ready to love and lead you. He walks with you through the wilderness having passed the trial of the wilderness. We have come to share Christ! Hold fast to him to the end. Of course the good news of Christ is that as we hold fast to him, with a much more powerful grip, he holds fast to us. Hebrews 3 serves as a good reminder though: Even with the perfect King Jesus as our guide, we are in danger of straying away. Take care. Keep your eyes on him and press on!