FIX YOUR THOUGHTS
God, today I bring to You my unhealthy patterns of thought. Renew my mind.
Read Hebrews 3:1–6
Jesus Greater Than Moses
3 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 honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor 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,”[a] 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.
- Hebrews 3:5 Num. 12:7
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ReflectAre your views of Jesus based on the Bible or tradition or hearsay? Do you really know who Jesus is?
The first readers of this letter were probably Jews, steeped in the religion of Moses. To them, Moses was the greatest of men. Was Jesus then on a par with Moses? After all, Jesus was ‘fully human in every way’ (2:17).
It must have taken a major mind shift to cease following Moses and follow Christ. There were similarities. Both were human, sent by God (‘apostle,’ 1), the go-between for people and God (‘priest,’ 1; Psalm 99:6), and faithful to God’s calling (2). But this is like comparing the thing made with the one who made it (4). Christ was sent from heaven (1:3; John 20:21). He was both high priest and the ‘once for all’ sacrifice (7:27). Moses was a member and servant of the house of God (3,5), but Jesus built the house.
More than this, Jesus is the eternal Son of God, sovereign over all God’s people (5,6). Moses’ role was to point forward to God’s final word in the Son (5; see 1:1,2). Moses was good; but Jesus is glorious! So, to the first readers and to us, the instruction is to fix our thoughts on Jesus (1), to put our confidence and our hope firmly in Him (6).
When you’re feeling down, where do your thoughts go? Fix them on Jesus now – the One God sent to make you holy (1) by sacrificing His life for you, to take you to glory.
Jesus, I fix my mind and heart on You today. Help me to know You more deeply for who You truly are.