How much attention do you give to Jesus in a 24-hour period of time?
On one hand, do you allocate a few minutes of thought to Jesus, during your morning prayer time?
On the other hand, are you like Frank Laubach who attempted to include Jesus in his thoughts every minute of each day?
Most of us fall between mostly ignoring Jesus and Laubach’s practice. Why should we consider giving Jesus more attention with the goal of being like Laubach?
Hebrews has the answer.
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, partners in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession (Hebrews 3.1).
Let’s begin with who we are.
(1) We are members of the family of God and Jesus is our elder Brother.
(2) We are holy. As the holy people of God, we are separated from what is common and live devoted to God.
Part of society has no place for God in their lives. They are self-sufficient and self-centered.
Followers of Jesus know that they are God’s family members and are devoted to faithfully following him.
We give Jesus our full attention because he is our apostle and high priest.
An apostle is God’s authorized representative. The Gospel of John makes Jesus’ role as God’s apostle or representative clear in many places.
In one instance Jesus said, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God, and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me” (John 8:42).
We need to pay attention to Jesus because he has the authority to speak and act on God’s behalf.
Jesus is the ultimate high priest. A large section of Hebrews is devoted to this subject and I will cover it in later articles.
As we read the next verses in this chapter, note that “house” refers to God’s family. Moses is the best servant of God’s house, but Jesus is the Son.
We pay attention to Jesus, “who was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also ‘was faithful in all God’s house'” (Hebrews 3.2).
Let’s turn to the Book of Numbers to see the extent of Moses’ faithfulness to God and his people.
Now the man Moses was very humble, more so than anyone else on the face of the earth.
Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” So the three of them came out.
Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. And he said, “Hear my words:
When there are prophets among you,
I the Lord make myself known to them in visions;
I speak to them in dreams.
Not so with my servant Moses;
he is faithful in all my house.
With him I speak face to face — clearly, not in riddles,
and he beholds the form of the Lord. (Numbers 12.2-8)
We don’t want to miss the humility of Moses, his faithfulness, and that God spoke to him face to face.
God gave the most important revelation through Moses prior to the advent of Jesus. Through Moses, God established the priesthood and sacrificial system.
Jesus Compared with Moses
Hebrews compares Jesus with angels and Moses, the two most important created beings of all time.
Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself (Hebrews 3.3).
Why do we pay attention to Jesus?
The greater glory of Jesus makes him worthy to receive great attention and allegiance.
— Moses was great because he saw the glory of God. Jesus was greater because he was the radiance of the glory of God.
— Moses is part of the house. Jesus is the One who established the house.
Both those who lived before Jesus’ incarnation and those who live after the crucifixion and resurrection reach their goal through him.
As great as Moses was, Jesus was his Creator.
For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God (Hebrews 3.4).
The Prologue of John states: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
“He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.
“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people” (John 1.1-4).
There are many reasons listed in today’s article why humans should give Jesus their full attention and consideration.
Pick one or all of them and begin giving Jesus your best.
Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.
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