“Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also “was faithful in all God’s house.” 3Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4(For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later. 6 Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.”
| Hebrews 3.1-6, NRSV
In chapter three, the writer of Hebrews is firm in his convictions. He is sure and states what we all believe. Moses was great but Jesus is the greatest. We appreciate the faithful witness of Moses but we follow the way of Jesus. Check and check.
While they are compared, there’s a noticeable difference. They are playing on the same team but Jesus is in a league of his own. Whose worthy of more glory? Jesus is, of course.
This is the house that Jesus built and he is deserving of all the praise. Chief cornerstone and master builder, this is packaged deal. We shake our heads in agreement on this. Yes and yes.
To be sure, Moses laid the groundwork, leading the children of Israel from Egyptian enslavement. But, Jesus is the way (John 14.6). From golden calf to wooden cross, the children of God have come a long way. Like the songwriter says, they have truly “come this far by faith.”
This is what the letter to the Hebrews is most known for— faith. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen “(Hebrews 11.1, NRSV). Also, Hebrews 11 has been called the Hall of Faith, naming the greats as it were. Moses makes the list and we stutter when asked if we believe we would find our names there.
Maybe you look down at your feet like I do. I shuffled my feet when I read, “we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope” (3.6b, NRSV). Yes, Jesus is a firm foundation but what of our faith? Where do we go when kingdoms totter and it feels like we are on shaky ground?