Please turn to Hebrews 3:1-6.  The author of the book of Hebrews emphasizes that the way we live the Christian life is by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. In relation, the author of this letter also understands that the Christian life is a long race, and sometimes we just want to give up. As a result, he presents biblical truths to help us know how to respond during trials and difficult circumstances. This passage can easily be divided into four sections. First, in verse 1, the author encourages us to remember our identity in Christ. Then, at the end of verse 1, he reminds us to focus on Jesus. Next, in verses 2-6, he tells us to reflect on what Jesus has done. Finally, at the end of verse 6, he encourages us to keep going in the Christian life.  

I. Remember Who You are in Christ.

In Hebrews 3:1, the author of Hebrews says, “Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling...” If you are a believer, if you have trusted in Christ for salvation, then he wants you to realize what God has made you. First of all, he calls you “holy.” I do not know how you react, but when I read that passage, I am very tempted to say, “Are you talking to me? A holy brother who is a partaker of a heavenly calling? You must be talking about somebody else, but not me!” Secondly, he says that you are a brother and that means not simply that we are brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ but that we are brothers and sisters to Christ. Jesus is our elder brother. By grace, we have been brought into His family and He is our older brother. Third, he says that you are a partaker, a sharer in a heavenly calling. Whatever else you are in this life and whatever you are called to do, as a Christian, you are called, you are destined, you are a partaker, and you are a sharer in a heavenly calling that is going to take you all the way to glory. Thus, the author of this letter begins this passage on the Christian life by saying, “Believer, you need to stop and realize who you are in Jesus Christ.” You have been made holy in Christ. You are fellow heirs. You are related to the inheritor, Jesus Christ, and you have been given a heavenly calling. 

II. Focus on Jesus Christ. 

In Hebrews 3:1, the author of this letter also says, “consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.” He is telling you, “Fix your thoughts on Jesus. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Consider Him. Dwell on Him. Meditate on Him. Reflect on Him. Focus on Him. Ponder your Mediator.” And notice he brings two things particularly to our attention. First, he says that Jesus is an apostle and a high priest. Jesus is both the apostle sent from God and He is our representative. In other words, He is the Mediator that we need. He is the go-between that we need in order to have communion with God. He is the One who represents God to us and us to God. Second, as our apostle and mediator, Jesus, in our flesh and blood, is the object of our faith. The author reminds us that it is the fully divine Jesus, who was fully human and humiliated, who is the object of our faith and the hope of our salvation. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “If possible, could You take this away from Me?” On the cross He prayed, “My God, My God! Why are You forsaking Me?” All those questions we cry out to God in this life, Jesus understands because He cried them out too. And it is important to remember that the embodied, humiliated Savior is the Savior by which we attain salvation. Therefore, the author of Hebrews not only wants us to focus on who we are in Christ, he also wants us to focus on who Jesus is.

III. Reflect on What Jesus has Done.

In Hebrews 3:2-6, the author of Hebrews wants us to reflect on what Jesus has done. He tells us in these verses that Jesus is the builder of the house of God. Jesus is the builder of the family of God. Moses was faithful to minister in the household of God and to minister to the family of God, but Jesus created the family of God! Jesus built the household of God. In His life and death and resurrection, He created a people for Himself. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, you may be also.” Jesus is making us to be part of the family of God forever. He is speaking of building the household of God, building a people for God, building the family of God. And the author of Hebrews holds that up before our eyes and says, “I want you to think about that. You are living the Christian life and it looks hard now, but I want you to think about what Jesus has accomplished.”

IV. Keep Going in the Christian Life. 

In Hebrews 3:6, the author of Hebrews says, “And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” These words are designed to motivate and encourage you. The author of this letter is saying, “Do not give up. Do not quit. Do not stop. Keep going in the Christian life.” C.S. Lewis once said, “Reality, looked at long enough, is unbearable.” The most cheerful and buoyant of us will be depressed if we look at the way things are long enough. There are troubles in this life that could break the heart of the strongest person, and if we look at those things long enough, we will eventually give up. The author of Hebrews is reminding us to look at where our confidence is and to look at where our hope is.  He is encouraging us in the midst of troubles to lift our eyes up and look at the hope that is set before us. Jonathan Edwards made it a habit of meditating on heaven twenty minutes every morning. He focused on heaven so that he could face reality remembering where his hope was. The author of Hebrews is saying, “Do you want to live the Christian life? Realize who you are, focus on Jesus, recognize what He has done and what He is doing — He is building you a home, and then do not forget your hope.”  May we continually give thanks to God for the hope that He has given us in Jesus and pray that He would, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, work that hope in us.