Hebrews 3:1-6: A House of Hope
Read: Hebrews 3:1-6
The author of Hebrews, after establishing that Jesus makes family of those who believe, calls his readers “holy brethren” and points reiterates that Jesus is the “Apostle” (which literally means “sent one”) and High Priest of the of the Christian faith. The author continues, this time making an argument about Jesus’ superiority to Moses. Moses is the central character in the book of Exodus, and is the one who lead the Israelites out of Egypt and gave them the Law. The author analogizes Moses as servant of a house, pointing out that everything Moses did was a servant’s role to prepare for the son of the house. Because Jesus is a son of the house and Christians are adopted into the family of God, they too get to be a part of the house.
Jesus in the gospel of John makes a similar statement concerning a house. He says there are many places in his Father’s house and he is going there to prepare a place for them (John 14:1-2). This comes on the heels of Jesus telling his disciples not to be troubled because of what he just told them in Chapter 13. Jesus was going away, but was trying to comfort his disciples – he knew they would be facing hardship because of Jesus’ name’s sake. Regardless of hardship though, there is a great hope. Hebrews 3:6 speaks of a great hope that Christians have because of Jesus such that Christians can “boast” and rejoice in it, and all the more because Jesus is true to his word. This is real confidence, and Christians can be firm in it.
Lord, help me to be confident is in the house you built!