Heb. 3:1 ¶ Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,
There was a cult that had become pretty strong back in the seventies. It was led by a man that had studied a lot of historical information about Christ. His plot was to undermine orthodox Christian faith by contradicting common thoughts about the earthly life of Jesus. He was somewhat successful because people followed the logic, if he is right about these little known facts about the life of Jesus, and the church is wrong, he must be right about everything else.
His focus was obviously wrong. It’s not important if we know the calendar year Jesus was born in or whether or not He owned His own home; what is vitally important is that we know Him personally and intimately. In today’s verse we are exhorted to consider, or have another close look at Jesus Himself. Looking to Him will change our perspective of everything. One glimpse of the glory of the Son of God will sort everything out. Here is how Andrew Murray describes this phrase “consider Jesus”.
“The word consider, from the root of the Latin word for Star, originally means to contemplate the stars. It suggests the idea of the astronomer, and the quiet, patient, persevering, concentrated gaze with which he seeks to discover all that can be possibly known of the stars which the object of his study are. And Jesus, who is God, who became man, and perfected our human nature in His wonderful life of suffering and obedience, and now dwells in heaven to communicate to us its life and blessedness—oh, what reason there is for saying, Consider Jesus. Gaze upon Him, contemplate Him. For some increased knowledge of the stars what devotion, what enthusiasm, what sacrifices are oft-times witnessed. Oh, let the study and possession of the Son of God waken our devotion and our enthusiasm, that we may be able to tell men what beauty and what glory there is in Jesus.”
This is exactly what happened on the Day of Pentecost. The disciples had seen Jesus ascend into heaven just ten days before. They were contemplating Him in His glorified state. Peter said that the outpouring of glory on that Pentecostal morning was the result of Jesus being exalted to the right hand of God. When we see Jesus exalted to the right hand of the Father and glorify Him; we too will be swept away by that Pentecostal blessing.