Exodus 3:1-10, Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:1-21, Hebrews 3:2-6
The film Star Wars: A New Hope came out the year I was born, and though I don’t remember the first time I saw it, I have watched it again and again throughout my entire life. The story of the brave hero rescuing the beautiful princess so resonated with my younger self that during show-and-tell in kindergarten, I would tell my class about the stormtroopers who attacked my home, and how I fought them off to save my family.
Have you noticed how many of the stories we love mimic the storyline of the greatest story ever told? The earliest chapters of the Bible tell us we should be ready to look for a great hero who will come and rescue God’s people. In the aftermath of the first sin, God promised that a descendant of the woman would crush the serpent. Remembering this Word from the Lord, the people looked for a deliverer who would destroy their ultimate enemy.
As God’s people languished in slavery in Egypt, they cried out for deliverance and God sent Moses to bring them out of their bondage. He plucked the fugitive Moses from the wilderness of Midian and sent him to lead the people out through mighty demonstrations of His power. Along the way, Moses encountered the glory of the Lord in ways no living Israelite had. He met with the Lord on the mountain and in the tent of meeting, brilliantly reflecting the glory of God long after he’d come back down from the mountain. Moses served Israel as deliverer, mediator, law-giver, and teacher.
Moses’s role as deliverer had its limits, though. He disobeyed the Lord in the wilderness, and God refused to allow him to enter the land of promise. He died on the without crossing over the Jordan and, within a few generations, Israel would repeatedly fail to follow the covenant God made with them through Moses.
The author of Hebrews shows us the beauty, superiority, and finality of the deliverance Christ gives to us. Moses saw God’s glory as it passed by, but the opening paragraph of Hebrews tells us Jesus radiated the glory of God. It shone forth from Him. Moses went to Egypt as the servant of God, but Christ came to earth as the Son of God, which is why the author of Hebrews said, “For Jesus is considered worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder has more honor than the house” (Hebrews 3:3).
Christ leads us out of a greater bondage than slavery in Egypt. He saved us by a more miraculous act than the Passover. And He takes us to a better promised land. Christ is the true Deliverer we have always been looking for.
Written by Scott Slayton