Tuesday, February 24

Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also ‘was faithful in all God’s house.’ (Hebrews 3:1-2)

Hebrews 3 follows the powerful summary at the end of chapter 2 of Christ as the founder of our salvation and begins the case for Jesus as greater than Moses.  The relatively young Christian congregation receiving this letter was most likely experiencing doubt as to the sovereignty of Christ and possibly even exhibiting that doubt through a regression to their previous practices and beliefs in which Moses was supreme among the faithful.

Doubt, or more specifically a struggle to understand the redeeming and sanctifying love of Christ, seems present even amongst the early Christians.  In me I find still present today, in those moments when I am best able to grasp what is at the foundation of my own iniquities, a possibly similar faltering commitment to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  In such instances, these verses like so many others, reinforce and remind me that Jesus was faithful to God, and he is and will be just as faithful to us in his intercession with God on our behalf.  Through the Word unsureness becomes clear encouragement and celebration of the gift of Jesus Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father, We rejoice not only because we are brothers and sisters with one another (a beautiful thing in its own right!), but also because we are brother and sister with Christ, who by walking the earth, becoming fully human while remaining fully God, suffering, dying and rising again, positioned himself as the divine high priest ever ready to intercede with God on our behalf. Amen.

Quinn Baskin - I am second.