“Consider Jesus”

In Hebrews 3:1-6, we are urged to consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. God the Father sent Him from heaven to earth and appointed Him as our High Priest Who offered His own body as the sacrifice for our sins. In particular, we should consider carefully Jesus’ faithfulness to the God Who appointed Him and through that contemplation be encouraged in our own faithfulness to the One Who called us. We must hold fast our confidence in Christ firm to the end.
The original recipients of this letter were in danger of not holding fast their faith in Jesus to the end. They were Jewish believers in Christ who were being tempted to turn from following Christ and return to life and faith under the Old Covenant. In numerous ways in this epistle the writer demonstrates that the New Covenant mediated by Christ is better than the Old Covenant mediated by Moses. In these verses, he indicates that though Moses was faithful, Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses. Moses was a servant in God’s house, but Christ is a Son over His own house. Moses was faithful and it was right that they follow him while the Old Covenant was still in force, but now they must continue faithfully following Christ of Whom Moses bore testimony (vs.5). As Stephen said in a sermon to the Jews of his day, “This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear’” (Acts 7:37). They must hear Christ and follow Him faithfully to the end! And so must we!