‘‘Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.’’ Heb. 3: 1 – 2
Additional reading: Heb. 2:17; Jn. 6:38 – 40; 7:18; 8:29; 15:10; 17:4
If Jesus is God’s express image, then, those attributes peculiar to God must be common with Him. Hebrews chapter two reveals Jesus as one who faithfully carried out the will of the Father as handed down to Him.
Redemption of man from bondage of sin was Jesus’ core mission on earth. And as God’s direct representative, He did well to carry this out. It is, however, expedient to highlight specifics to make points clear. Note what the writer said: (1.) ‘‘What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels. Because of God’s wonderful kindness, Jesus died for everyone. And now that Jesus has suffered and died, he is crowned with glory and honor! Everything belongs to God, and all things were created by his power. So God did the right thing when he made Jesus perfect by suffering, as Jesus led many of God’s children to be saved and to share in his glory.’’ (Vv. 9 – 10 CEV). On account of suffering and death for the salvation of man, Jesus was made lower than angels. This suffering and death of Jesus for the salvation of all is described as the right thing. By suffering also, Jesus is said to have been made perfect.
Then, the second point, ‘‘We are people of flesh and blood. That is why Jesus became one of us. He died to destroy the devil, who had power over death. But he also died to rescue all of us who live each day in fear of dying. Jesus clearly did not come to help angels, but he did come to help Abraham’s descendants.’’ (Vv. 14 – 16 CEV). Jesus identified with our weaknesses as humans by becoming a human so He could die. He did this to destroy Satan who had power over death and to save man from sin. He did not die for angels but for mankind — Abraham’s descendants, whom we are.
Finally, ‘‘He had to become one of us, so that he could serve God as our merciful and faithful high priest and sacrifice himself for the forgiveness of our sins.’’ (V. 17 CEV). Jesus is exemplary; He served God in human form as our merciful and faithful High Priest.
In this regard, we read: ‘‘Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful [pistos: objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful:- believe, believing, believer, faithful, faithfully, sure, true] to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.’’
God sent Jesus on earth to redeem man from sin through His sacrificial death on the cross. As commissioned by God, so did Jesus effect it. To this end, He is described as our faithful—trustworthy—reliable High Priest. God trusted Him enough to commit into His hands the comprehensive blue print for the redemption of the entire human race. This could happen because Jesus is reliable — He could be trusted.
Please note the last part of verse two: ‘‘…Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.’’ Jesus is considered worthy of more glory than Moses simply because unlike Moses who was just a servant and a member of the household, Jesus is both the builder and Lord of the house.
The following scriptures reveal Jesus’ resolve to the will of the Father:
1. ‘‘For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.’’ Jn. 6: 38 – 39
2. ‘‘If I wanted to bring honor to myself, I would speak for myself. But I want to honor the one who sent me. That is why I tell the truth and not a lie.’’ Jn. 7:18 CEV
As I said in my opening paragraph, If Jesus is God’s express image, then, those attributes peculiar to God must be common with Him. As God is faithful so is Jesus Christ.
Meditation: Jesus is so reliable that God entrusted Him with the future of human race!
Prayer: May I be found reliable even in very little issues of life.
Question: (1) To what degree was Jesus committed to the command of the Father? (2) To what degree are you committed to the work of the Father?