Son of the House

Hebrews 3:1-6

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. 3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

Recall that the book of Hebrews was written to Jewish believers who needed clarity about how Jesus fulfilled the law and is better than everything associated with it.  In chapters one and two, we saw that Jesus is better than angels.  In chapter three, the author compares Jesus to Moses, one of the most highly-regarded figures in Judaism.

This is an incredibly powerful comparison, because it was Moses that God chose to lead Israel out of bondage in Egypt.  It was through Moses that the mighty works were performed.  And it was Moses who went up on the mountain and returned with the Old Covenant, the Ten Commandments.  In doing these things, Moses was a great servant in God’s house.  But Jesus is the Son over the house.  By any measure, the Son is greater than the servant.

This is why John 1:17 is such an important verse.  It says, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  Yes, the law was important.  Absolutely, Moses was a key figure.  But.  When that word appears, pay attention – it means something is about to trump the previous point.  But Jesus brought grace and truth.  Jesus is greater than Moses, “inasmuch as He Who built the house has more honor than the house.” Accordingly, what He brings is greater than what Moses brought.  Grace is greater than law.  And truth is on the side of grace.

Finally, in today’s passage, notice verse six.  Christ is the Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast.  Braving grace means holding fast to the grace message no matter what, all the way to the end.  This incredible Son, who has more honor than Moses, who is the very embodiment of grace itself, makes His home in us.  Braving grace is possible because the source of grace is a Person, and He lives in you. 

Day 7 – Believe God