Hebrews 3:1 (ESV) Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,
Jesus is called the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. The word “apostle” means “one who is sent”, a messenger, and it is not hard to understand how Jesus is an apostle of God to us. John 3:16 – 17 addresses that one. God sent His Son into the world that the world through Him might be saved. He is the high priest of our confession in that He is the only One who can and does stand as the Mediator between us and God. He pleads our case, presenting the benefits of His life, death, resurrection and intercession for us.
We confess Him and Him alone as our priest, our Mediator, the One who offered up a sacrifice once and for all for the sins of His people. In referring to Jesus as Apostle we are being told that in having Christ we need not return to the prophets for a message from God. Christ is greater than all those previously sent including Moses.
The people the author is writing are being tempted to return back to Judaism. The reason that is a bad idea is because Jesus is better. He is the supreme Apostle from God and to return to Moses is to take the lesser and leave the greater behind. Don’t trade in your Mustang for a bicycle. We receive and hear Christ, not Moses. This of course does not mean that we do not need the Old Testament Scriptures. It simply means that following Moses will not save us. Keeping the Law in order to be saved will do less than nothing for you. As verse 5 tells us, Moses was faithful in God’s house. Jesus is faithful over God’s house. Trust the builder, not just another resident.
Speaking of Jesus as the priest whom we confess takes us to Aaron. We do not need the any other priest than Jesus. The Old Testament preisthood and all the sacrifices they offered were a mere shadow of the great priesthood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:1). We no longer need to offer up animals on altars. We no longer need to know who is next in line for the priesthood. We have a Priest and He is better than any other priest could ever be. The whole Old Testament priesthood was pointing to Jesus. Now that we have Him we do not need the other.
How believers need to get hold of this. What we have in Christ, is unsurpassable. He cannot be improved upon. You cannot find better by going back to the old system and you cannot find better by seeking for something new. We have the very highest, the very best. Do not long for anything else. All else is mere decoration compared to the reality that Jesus Christ is.
Bow down and worship.
Tell this to those who do not believe. Tell them that what they need is Jesus Christ and no one else. Tell them that the very best has come and to trust anything or anyone else is to trust that which will fail them. Tell them that the Only One who can save them is willing to save them. He turns none away who come to Him in faith. If, as a believer, you are truly thankful for what Christ has done you will want others to know about it. Pray to be able to pass on this incredible message to others.