“Therefore, brothers and sisters who are partners in the heavenly calling, think about Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession. Jesus was faithful to the one who appointed him just like Moses was faithful in God’s house. But he deserves greater glory than Moses in the same way that the builder of the house deserves more honor than the house itself. Every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant in order to affirm the things that would be spoken later. But Jesus was faithful over God’s house as a Son. We are his house if we hold on to the confidence and the pride that our hope gives us.” (Common English Bible)
It’s hard to be patient, difficult to persevere. If the Christian life were a piece of cake, then there would be no need for the strengthening of faith and the development of perseverance. But faith is a muscle. If unused, it atrophies. Faith needs exercise, and it must be tried in adverse circumstances to grow and mature.
The reason the author of Hebrews wrote his letter to Jewish Christians is because they were losing their grip, faltering in their faith. The hard circumstances of those Christians were leading them to entertain the notion of returning to their old ways of life, apart from Christ.
It can be tempting to think of the past as “the good old days.” But if you think about it for any length of time, you know better. You’re just struggling in the present, and our minds turn to filter all the crud out from the past to make it look like things were better back then.
“Better” is what the book of Hebrews is all about. The writer consistently and persistently insists that Jesus is better than anything from the Hebrew Christians’ past. Moses was one the most respected and impressive figures of Old Testament history. Jews revered him. The book of Hebrews acknowledges that respect for Moses, but points-out and reminds the people that whereas Moses was faithful within God’s house, it is Jesus who is the Master over the house. Jesus is better than Moses.
What’s more, we as believers and followers of Jesus are the house. Jesus Christ is Lord – not Moses, or anybody else. Jesus cares for and protects his house. It might be tempting to believe that a previous house we lived-in in another city or town was better. But the reality is that we live today in God’s house. Therefore, we must hold on and not let go of the confidence we have in Jesus and the pride and privilege we have in living where we presently live.
When life is tough, reminiscing about the past is easy. For sure, you can find all kinds of things you miss from your previous days somewhere. Yet, trolling your personal history, like a time-wasting galavant on the computer, doesn’t do anything for your need of faith and perseverance. But today, Jesus has a hold of you. Today he wants to walk with you through your trouble, and not just transport you to the past. Now is the time to follow Jesus into all the situations that are in front of you. You are not alone. You can do this.
Lord Jesus, you are sovereign over my past, present, and future. Today has its situations and problems. Help me walk into and through them with your gracious protection so that perseverance is developed within me and my faith in you is strengthened for tomorrow. Amen.