Jesus is over all things and people – he is both the ultimate sent-one of God in our world and the ultimate intermediary between us and God. And the good news is that he takes humble you and me and adds us as living stones into the spiritual house he is building!
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 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,” 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.
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
One of the essential themes of Hebrews – perhaps the overarching theme – is that Jesus is over all things and people. We are to fix our eyes on him. Not on creation, because he created everything, not on angels, whom he created to serve him and us in coming to him, and not the prophets and figures in life who are prominent and gifted and even called by God to represent him. Jesus is our focus.
We are ‘holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling,’ and we are called today to fix our thoughts on Jesus as our apostle and high priest. Jesus is both the ultimate sent-one (apostle) of God in our world and the ultimate intermediary (high priest) between us and God.
The author of Hebrews uses a contrast to Moses to illustrate Jesus position today – the recipients of this letter are (wait for it) Hebrews, and so they would naturally elevate Moses to a very important level in their esteem. Moses is one of the fathers of Israel in their story of God hearing them, saving them, and leading them into his plan for them.
And Jesus is greater. We see here that Moses was faithful to serve in God’s house, yet Jesus is the Son over the house. In fact, Jesus is the one who, when we come to him in faith, adds us like living stones into the spiritual house he is building into a holy priesthood. Our resulting offerings to God made through Jesus are acceptable to God.
God is the builder of everything, and Jesus is making us – building us – into a spiritual house for his purposes and pleasure and enabling us to please God through what he is doing. That helps to put our accomplishments for God in perspective doesn’t it? If Moses is relegated to servant in the house, we would fall into the mass of servants alongside or behind him. Jesus is the one to fix our eyes on.
Be careful whom you esteem and exalt.
Fix your eyes on Jesus.