This first part of comparing Jesus with the great religious leaders, actually comes on the heels of a conversation that I had today with a fellow who thinks that Jesus was nothing more than a great teacher or a great mystic. What I want to do is open this first comparison and contrasting series with a contrasting with one who is close to the Judeo Christian faith. That personality is Moses.
Who was Moses?
We really need to understand first off is that Moses was not the founder of the Jewish faith. The Jewish Nation has its beginnings with Abraham (circa 2000 BC), about 600 years before Moses. Moses was born into a Hebrew family while they were in Egypt and reared by the daughter of Pharaoh to be a prince. After learning of his Hebrew heritage, he killed an Egyptian and then fled Egypt to become a shepherd. It was at this time that God would call him to free His people.
Moses is the author of the first five books of the Old Testament, known as the Pentateuch or Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Numbers and a great portion of Deuteronomy). Moses is often called the Lawgiver. Being a Jew Himself, Jesus had no argument with Moses, the prophet who brought the Jewish Law and was faithful to YWHH in bringing the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage as an independent nation.
Moses and Jesus were prophets of the same God and Jesus even said that He did not come to destroy the Law (Moses' writings) but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17). Jesus implies that Moses' words are God's words (Matthew 19:4-5 with Genesis 2:24). At the same time, we do find that Jesus is superior to Moses in a few ways.
As we can see, Moses was a great leader and prophet of Israel. While Moses was a servant of the Lord, he never got to see the promised land, but I do believe that when he died on Mount Nebo, it was God who buried him and took care of his body. Jesus shows prophesy by Moses fulfilled. Jesus ultimately made the greatest sacrifice by dying on the cross, but rising from the dead three days later. Therefore, I must conclude that Jesus is by far superior to His servant, Moses.