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 3:3
On Sunday October 1st, we adventured through the majesty of Hebrews chapter 3 together. I can’t stop thinking of the amazing picture this passage paints of the greatness and faithfulness of Christ.
Hebrews keeps insisting that Jesus is better. Better than what? Better than everything! In Hebrews 3 tells us that Jesus is better than Moses. Jesus brings a better way of living in the Spirit of Christ rather than under the code of Moses. Jesus serves us a Son over the household, while Moses was merely a servant in the household. Jesus is more faithful than Moses. As faithful as Moses was, he sinned. He got angry and struck the rock in order to bring water out of it for the thirsty and complaining Israelites, instead of speaking to it as God had instructed. Jesus was and is perfectly faithful, never erring in any way. Way more than all that, Jesus is the builder of the house. He’s the glorious Creator of all things. As Paul said in the letter to Colossians, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:16-20)”
Considering the place of honor deserved by the only begotten Son of God, the Almighty One Himself; it’s amazing how humble and faithful He truly is. He came to his own creatures who had all rebelled against Him and forgotten Him. Instead, he served us even to the point of dying for rebellious mankind, when truly he would have been just and right to destroy every single rebel, instead. How will we ever understand the love He showed as the Glorious Builder of the House AND the One who humbly died to provide forgiveness to the very ones destroying His good creation? His greatness and glory call us to trust Him. How could we not trust a love strong enough to lay down His holy life for us? How could we not believe that the infinite power of the Creator of the Cosmos will not be enough to steer us through every trial? “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. (Hebrews 3:7-8)” We can trust His power and love for our every need, and to bring us all the way to His glorious kingdom forever. We don’t trust our power or goodness. We trust Him. That is the movement of faith that provides perfect rescue from just punishment and instead gives us the gift of heaven. Let’s turn our hearts to him!