Christ is better than Moses. Moses was the servant. Christ is the son.
The hearers of this letter were tempted to forsake Christ and return to Judaism because of fierce opposition to Christians. But the author of Hebrews proves through their own history, that Judaism does not lead to life…
For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? (Hebrews 3:16-18)
The young Jewish converts had a choice to make. Stay the course and enter eternal rest or rebel against the gospel to gain a temporarily easier life. It was a life or death decision… physical life or spiritual life?
This is why the author of Hebrews stresses perseverance as evidence of salvation. Those who stay the course to the end are those whose hearts truly belong to Him…
For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end (Hebrews 3:14).
We must remember, however, that just as Jesus is superior to the Mosaic law in attaining salvation, He is also superior to the Law in equipping believers to obey God’s commands. We are both saved by his grace and preserved by his grace. We are powerless to save ourselves and powerless to remain faithful. We need his help at every stage of our Christian lives… in salvation, in sanctification, and in persevering.
We need a person, not the law. We need Jesus!
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns (Psalm 46:1-5).