The New Really Works
Hebrews 7:18, 20-22 (MSG)
18 The former way of doing things, a system of commandments that never worked out the way it was supposed to, was set aside…
20-22 …God intervened and called this new, permanent priesthood into being with an added promise:
God gave His Word; He won’t take it back:
“You’re the permanent priest.”
This makes Jesus the guarantee of a far better way between us and God – one that really works! A new covenant.
Christmas is two days away! Some of us may have started to clear out some old things we have, possibly to make way for new things we are about to purchase. What may be a possible scenario a year or two later is this – the new things we buy this year become ‘old’ by then and get thrown out by us. Could this be a cycle we often enter into with our old and new things?
What Jesus came to do for us also has something to do with the old and the new.
Jesus came to do this – set aside the old and set in place the new. The old was removed because it did not work out. In the old covenant, God required His people to obey many different laws concerning worshiping Him, which included repeated offering of animal sacrifices to atone for their sins. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:11 (NLT), “Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins.”
Those sacrifices could never make perfect and righteous the people under the law. If they did, the people would have stopped offering sacrifices already. Instead, the Bible tells us the yearly sacrifices reminded the people of their sins. This would mean they probably were also reminded about the their separation from God.
Therefore, God sent His Son Jesus to make the perfect sacrifice. God sent Jesus to be born as a Man who would die on the Cross as the ultimate sacrifice to pay the price for the sins of all people. Jesus lived a perfect life, gave His life for us as a sacrifice, resurrected, and now sits at the right Hand of God as our great High Priest. When we accept His sacrifice and give our lives to Jesus, our sins – past, present and even future ones – are remembered no more. We become a part of God’s eternal family. “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the Body of Jesus Christ, once and for all time.” Hebrews 10:10 (NLT/NCV)
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, you and I have a new covenant with God where God gives us the righteousness of Christ and deliverance from eternal judgment of our sin. Unlike the old covenant that draws people to the law, the New Covenant draws us to a close and intimate relationship with God Himself. Jesus has done all that was required to reconcile us, sinners, to a Holy God. And He keeps us securely in this relationship, so that we can never be lost again.
Yes, our Heavenly Father is a covenant-keeping God. God promises in His Word, Philippians 1: (NIV), “…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Jesus has come to liberate us from the old system and welcome us into the New Covenant of life. What good news of salvation this is for everyone! Being in covenant with our Almighty God through the Blood of Jesus means His Spirit now lives in us. The Bible tells us, those who have turned to Jesus and live by His Holy Spirit, are “being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
Take a few moments to thank Jesus for what He has done, and is still doing, for us. Pause and worship Jesus that He was born for us to bring us into this everlasting New Covenant of life. Jesus deserves our worship. He deserves everything we could ever do for Him! At the same time, remember that “He has enabled us to be ministers of His new covenant…” 2 Corinthians 3:6 (NLT). So, be that minister, share the Gospel and bring someone to receive the New Covenant of life this Christmas. Have a very enjoyable Christmas.
Let us pray together.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to make all things new. Indeed, in Christ Jesus, my life is made new and I have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. I thank You that You have promised to never leave me nor forsake me. I know, O God, You are continually working in me to transform me into Your likeness. I long for Your ever-increasing glory in my life so that all that I am and do testify of Your goodness and love. Teach me to be an effective minister leading someone to receive the New Covenant of life this Christmas. Praise You, O God. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”