|Jesus: Loud & Clear;
Front & Center (Hebrews)
Why Jesus Is Better Than Moses
|December 7, 2014|
For the Week of December 7, 2014
Sermon in a Sentence: “Jesus is superior to Moses for he is the Son over God’s house, whereas Moses was a faithful servant in God’s house.”
This Week’s Resources:
- The Compass Bible Study
- Word Search Answer Key
- Lighthouse Discussion Guide
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- Who are (or were) some of the heroes of your generation?
- How would you describe a dedicated employee at your place of work?
Read the Text (Hebrews 3:1-6)
Jesus Christ is superior to all men. No matter who the person is, Jesus Christ is superior to him. Moses is considered by the Jews and by many others to be one of the greatest men who has ever lived. He was the great emancipator of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery and the great leader who gave birth to the Jewish people as a nation. But as great as these feats were, he was above all else the great law-giver, not only to Israel, but to the world. People and nations who have sought freedom have based their legal system upon the Ten Commandments and other laws given by Moses. However as great as Moses was, there is still One who is superior to him. There is a Person to whom all mankind should look and base their lives and governments upon: that Person is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is superior to all men, no matter how great they and their contributions to society and the world have been. No person comes close to being as great as Jesus Christ is nor to making the contributions to the world that Jesus Christ has. In this succinct portion of Hebrews, the author adroitly demonstrates Jesus’ superiority to Moses in person, purpose, and position. Read Hebrews 3:1-6.
- In Hebrews 3:1, the author refers to us as “Holy Brothers, who share in the heavenly calling.” How ought our identity as “Holy Brothers” affect the way we live in our daily lives?
- Because we are “Holy Brothers,” the writer commands us to “consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession…” Why would the writer instruct us to “consider Jesus”?
- What do you think faithfulness looks like in the life of a Christian?
- What are some of the distractions that keep you from fixing your thoughts on Christ?
- What great spiritual leaders do we look to today, much as the first century Jewish Christians looked to Moses? Do these celebrity pastors prove to be a catalyst pointing us to Jesus or a distraction away from Jesus? Why or why not?
- In what ways is Christ greater than our greatest spiritual leaders and mentors?
- In what way are we God’s house?
As we take a step back from the Hebrews 3 passage, we note some striking contrasts between the two mediators:
Moses (God’s Servant)
Jesus (God’s Son)
|Intimate relationship with God||Exact representation of God|
|Prototypical prophet||Definitive Prophet|
|Deliverer from Slavery to Pharaoh||Deliverer from slavery to sin|
|Occasional Intercessor||Continual Intercessor|
|Temporary Priest||Everlasting High Priest|
|Mediator of the Old Covenant||Creator of the New Covenant|
|Presenter of Torah||Embodiment of Torah|
|Servant of God||Son of God|
|Resident of God’s Household||Builder of God’s Household|
- What is the significance of the word “if” in Hebrews 3:6
- What specific behaviors, habit patterns, or attitudes need to change so that you live up to your heavenly calling?
- What can you do over the next twenty-four hours to fix your thoughts on Jesus?
- What is one concrete way you can give to Jesus the honor that He deserves today?
- What Scriptural promise or biblical truth can you hold on to today to help you remain a faithful part of God’s house?