TEXT: Hebrews 3:1-6 (KJV)
ETS: Jesus Christ is better than Moses.
ESS: A relationship with Jesus is better than adherence to the Law of Moses.
OSS: People will enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ through the new birth.
PQ: How is Jesus better than Moses?
TOPIC: Give Me Jesus!
If you could have anything in life, what would you choose?
A songwriter wrote:
“I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold,
I’d rather have him than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
I’d rather be led by his nail-pierced hands.
With this songwriter, I’d say, “Give Me Jesus!”
I. HIS FAITHFULNESS (V.1)
A. We are called to consider his faithfulness.
1. He was faithful in what the Father commanded.
a) Πιστός = trusty, faithful. (of persons who show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties.)
b) What are the duties Jesus was faithful in?
(1) Apostle of our Profession
(2) High Priest of our Profession
B. We are clearly pointed to the object of his faithfulness.
1. The Object of His obedience was God the Father (Phil. 2:8).
2. God the Father appointed Jesus as Savior and Lord (Phil. 2:9-11).
II. HIS WORK (VS.2-4)
A. His work is testified in His name (v.1).
1. Christ = Χριστός = anointed
2. Jesus = Ἰησοῦς = “Jehovah is salvation”.
a) Matthew 1:21 (KJV) “ And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUSc : for he shall save his people from their sins .
3. His work was to be the only anointed Savior of mankind.
B. His work is to be our heavenly Apostle and High Priest (v.1).
1. Apostle = ἀπόστολος = one sent forth with orders.
2. High Priest = ἀρχιερεύς = Used of Christ because by undergoing a bloody death he offered himself as an expiatory sacrifice to God, and has entered into the heavenly sanctuary where he continually intercedes on our behalf.
C. His work is to build the household of God (vs. 3-4).
1. The Bible refers to believers as “the household of faith” or “the household of God” (Gal. 6:10; Eph. 2:19).
2. The Lord uses the analogy of a family for the church (Eph. 5:22-6:4).
III. HIS POSITION (VS.5-6).
A. He is Lord over the household (v.6).
1. He is the head of the household of faith.(Eph. 5:23).
2. If He is the head, he calls the shots.
a) It is an issue of obedience or disobedience.
b) Disobedience is rebellion.(1 Sam. 15:22).
c) Disobedience will be judged.
(1) In the Letters to the Churches in Revelation, The Lord promised to judge the churches who refused to repent and do His will.(Rev. 2-3).
B. He is the keeper of the household (v.6).
1. He is the one who preserves the His people (Matthew 16:18).
2. He is the one who provides for His people (Phil. 4:19).
3. He is the one who empowers His people (Acts 1:8).
Illustration: Hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
(1) c JESUS: that is, Saviour, Heb