This morning I was reading in Hebrews 3, and was struck by the beautiful imagery used in verses 1-4:
1And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. 2For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. 3But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. 4For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.
First of all, I love the focus on Jesus here. One of the primary themes of the book of Hebrews is that Jesus is superior in every way. Superior to angels. Superior to Moses. Superior to Abraham. Superior to Melchizedek or any other high priest who has ever lived. All these saints of old have been a part of the “household of faith” through the centuries, and the builder of this house is Jesus.
Verse 3 illustrates Jesus’ superiority when it says “A person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself.” Now, I’m no architectural buff, but this makes complete sense to me. It reminds me of a few years ago when Kristen and I stayed at a hotel in downtown Chicago. It was a new hotel that had just opened in the old IBM building at 330 North Wabash.
While reading reviews of the hotel, people kept referring to the building as a “Mies van der Rohe landmark building”. I had never heard of him, but it piqued my curiosity and so I googled him and came across a Wikipedia page that clued me in. Mies van der Rohe was a famous German architect who designed several high-rise buildings in Chicago. He is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.
So Hebrews 3:3 makes perfect sense to me. Jesus is the Builder of everything around us, the things we can see and the things we can’t see. So let’s give Him the praise He deserves today!