Daily Devotion 10th October 2020
Hebrews 3: 1-6
Jesus Is Our Revelation of God and Our Reconciliation with God
“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” (v1). John Piper has interpreted these verses well; we need a Word from God and we need a Way to God. Jesus fulfills both these needs. He is the Word of God and the one who has been sent as our apostle from God to earth to reveal God’s calling to us. Jesus is our “high priest” who offers a sacrifice for us, to atone for our sins, so that there can be reconciliation with God. Jesus is therefore the way to reach our “heavenly calling”, which invites us to reach heaven and therefore to God Himself. We are instructed to “fix our thoughts on Jesus”, meaning that we should concentrate on his teaching and on our relationship with him. Unfortunately, the human condition is that we are easily distracted, discouraged, and deceived. We lose interest in things that we do not prioritise. This verse emphatically reminds us that as Christians, we should pay close attention to Jesus’ teachings and to our relationship with him at all times. Like any fully committed relationship, this requires intentional investment in our time, attention, and energy. This is so important because if we do not keep our thoughts on Jesus, we risk drifting away from our heavenly calling and ignoring the only way to our salvation (Hebrews 2:1-3).
Verses 2-6 describe Jesus as being worthy of greater honour than Moses. Up to this point, Moses was regarded as the foremost prophet of God. Moses had been faithful in leading God’s people. God had spoken to him face to face. Moses was therefore highly revered and respected by the people of Israel. By comparing Moses to Jesus, these verses acknowledge Moses’ faithfulness and the work that he did.
Moses was indeed a great prophet. God sent someone even greater by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, who is faithful over “God’s house”. Christians have the privilege of being part of God’s household, by accepting Jesus Christ and holding onto him firmly and putting our hope and confidence in Him. Jesus is the only way to God.
Personal Reflection and Prayer:
Set aside some time to meditate on these verses. Thank God for loving us so much that He wants us to be part of His family. Thank Him for sending His son Jesus to reveal the truth of His Word to us. Thank Him for loving us so much that He sent Jesus to save us from our sins and to reconcile ourselves to Him.
Acknowledge to God that you are susceptible to sin and ask him for His forgiveness and strength to overcome this. Ask Him what to do in every difficult situation. Make it a priority to commit some time each day to spend with Jesus and to meditate on His teachings in your Bible.