People love to make lists and debate about who is better. We even created a new symbol and phrase—the G.O.A.T.—the Greatest Of All Time. We debate the greatest quarterback, NBA team, baseball player, Olympic athlete, Superhero, movies, songs, and even Super Bowl commercials.
For the Jewish people, at the top of the list was Abraham. But a very close second was Moses. He was divinely chosen for his task. He delivered Israel through an incomparable display of power. He was the lawgiver. Moses was Israel’s greatest prophet since God spoke with him face to face rather than dreams or visions. He was Israel’s historian, having written the Pentateuch. Moses was the most humble man on the earth.
And yet, as great as Moses was, the writer of the book of Hebrews wanted his readers to know that Jesus was greater than Moses. Jesus is superior to Moses because he is God’s Son serving over God’s house (Hebrews 3:1-6).
Focus your attention on Jesus (1). The author is writing to people who are part of God’s family, who have been set apart, who participate fully in salvation, and who have confessed their faith publicly. The writer reminds his readers that Jesus was sent by God to speak for God and to represent God to mankind. He wants them to know that because Jesus tasted death for everyone, because Jesus is a merciful and faithful high priest, he deserves our full attention.
Jesus is greater than Moses because he has a better calling (2-4). Some years back, my wife and I toured St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. It is the beautiful church designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren. While we praise the building, we praise the architect and builder even more. In the same way, while Moses is praised for delivering the Law and the plans for the tabernacle and helping to build the nation of Israel, we praise Jesus even more because he created all things.
Jesus is greater than Moses because he has a better position (5-6). On the one hand, Moses was a faithful servant who worked among God’s people and pointed them towards Christ. On the other hand, Jesus is the Son who rules over God’s house.
The author of the book encourages his readers to hold fast to their faith. He is not suggesting that they need to work to earn or keep their salvation. That would contradict everything Scripture teaches. Instead, he is affirming that those who hold fast their confidence and hope are proving that they are truly born again.
Because Jesus is greater than Moses, we need to focus on Christ and hold fast to Christ. Focusing on Christ requires time and discipline. We must study the Scriptures in order to grow in our knowledge of Jesus and our love for Jesus. We need to spend time in prayer, communicating to and with him. Holding fast to Christ involves obeying what God’s Word teaches. We need to develop a deep, abiding relationship with Christ where we cling to him and gain our strength from him.
This is the synopsis of a message preached at First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA, on March 24, 2019. It is part of a series of sermons on the book of Hebrews. Please click on the link to download a copy of the sermon notes.