HEBREWS 3:1-6 (NIV – UK)
Jesus greater than Moses
1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honour than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honour than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 ‘Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,’ [Numbers 12:7] bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
Here the church is presented to us as God’s house. Not the church building – not mere bricks and mortar – but the people – the followers of Jesus. Moses was a ‘faithful servant’ in God’s house (v.2) – he led the church out of Egypt and through the desert, all the time listening to God. Moses is worthy of great honour because of this.
But there is one who is worthy of greater honour than Moses ‘just as the builder of a house has greater honour than the house itself’ (v. 3). Although Moses was a great leader, he was still a part of the house – the church. Yet Jesus is the builder of the house himself – the church belongs to Jesus – he is ‘faithful as the Son of God over God’s house’ (v. 6).
And so, as God is the ‘builder of everything’ (v. 4), we are to fix our thoughts on his Son, Jesus (v. 1). Being part of Jesus’ church is like being part of a glorious house – but it is the Lord of the house who takes care of it and rules over it. If we allow the Lord of the house to tend to and keep his house it will be displayed in all it’s beauty and majesty, like a glorious palace, and everyone will want to come in.
Question: Do you think it’s helpful to think of yourself as part of a house that Jesus is Lord over? How does that make you feel?