“This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” Mark 9:7
The special position of Moses in the Old Testament points us to the unique position of the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
Remember what God said about Moses? “With him I speak face to face… he sees the form of the Lord” (Num. 12:8, NIV). But Korah could never accept that. He was fundamentally opposed to the idea that God would place anybody in such a position. Korah thought everyone should be able to come to God in their own way.
Why is there only one high priest? Because God said so. This boils down to an issue of authority. We don’t tell God how we want to come to Him. God tells us how we can come to Him.
This takes us to the heart of the gospel. In the New Testament we are introduced to Jesus, who not only saw the form of God, but He was in the form of God. He didn’t just speak the Word of God, He is the Word of God.
When Jesus came into the world, He faced another version of Korah’s rebellion. The Pharisees and the Herodians, who had very little in common, banded together in their opposition to Jesus. His own family said, at one point, that He was out of His mind. The leaders of the people rose up and said, “We do not want this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14).
There are many people today who take exactly the same position: How dare you say that we can only come to God through Jesus! That’s Korah’s rebellion and it is a direct route to spiritual disaster. Aren’t all the people holy? No, they aren’t. Isn’t God with all the people? No, He isn’t.
The Gospels tell us about a day when Jesus went up a mountain with three of His disciples, and they saw the radiance of His glory. They heard the audible voice of God from heaven saying: “This is my beloved Son; listen to him” (Mark 9:7).
Are you listening to the Son of God? How so?