Pastor Craig Bollinger
Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
Who gets the praise? We live in a “look at me” world. If you are a Christian, you know that the right answer is Jesus. Yet, in the back of our minds, we still cry out, ”look at me”. We want to be noticed. We want to be somebody. We desire praise!
As the writer of Hebrews expresses – Jesus (being one with God) is the builder of everything. The one who puts everything together is far more praiseworthy than the object that is built. We see magnificent buildings and structures in the world that have captured the eye in great praise. If you go to the list of the most famous architects in the world, you will see structures that will take your breath away. Moses was a great leader. In the world, there are many great leaders, pastors, designers who stand out in the world view for what they have achieved. However, it is God who created everything, every person, every gift, every idea, every ability. It is God who created the world and it is God, through His son Jesus, who saves the world. It is only Jesus who takes us beyond the moment, the finite – to the future and to eternity. It is only Jesus who can forgive sin, wash our ugly brokenness away, breathe life into us and raise us up on the last day. Everything in the world points to God. Certainly, human beings can do marvelous things, but only because God, as the master builder, has first built us.
One of the most beautiful things about God, through his Son Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, is that he can also renovate and restore us. God is not only in the creation building business, but He is also in the renovation business. Buildings get old. Cracks emerge. Beauty fades. However, as we lean on Jesus and place our confidence in Him, He has the power to renovate and restore the beauty in each of us. He has the power to renovate the broken areas of our lives. He has the power to raise up that which has fallen. So, when you and I are tempted to want to claim praise, pause for a moment, and let’s turn our attention to the ONE worthy of all praise – the one who created and designed everything good about us.
Prayer: Gracious Father, creator, and architect of all that is seen and unseen, invade our hearts with your glory and our minds with your praise.