Jesus: Better than Moses

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:24-27

Moses gave up a lot of worldy treasures and prestige to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. As part of Pharaoh’s family, he would have lacked nothing. He would have been respected, admired, and worshipped by all of Egypt. Considering that he was the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he probably was not in line to become Pharaoh and thus when he died would not have been buried in the majestic pyramids, but he certainly would have had a lavish funeral and some way of remembering him. But when he chose Christ over Egypt, he gave up all those riches and honor and he was even buried by God in a lowly, unmarked tomb (Deuteronomy 34:6).

The Lord Jesus Christ left his home in Heaven as the son of the almighty God where he was worshipped by all the angels. He humbled himself, and took upon him the form of a servant. He was mocked and ridiculed. He was beaten and crucified. He took upon himself the sins of child molesters, murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, idolaters and worst of all – my sins. He chose rather to suffer affliction for our sins than to enjoy unbroken, perfect fellowship with the Father. He esteemed the victory won through becoming a reproach for my sins greater than all the riches in Heaven.

The Lord Jesus Christ gave it all up for you and for me.

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