Saturday, March 20, 2021
“The New Covenant”
By Carol Sue Hutchinson
Passage: Hebrews 9:11-14
This passage of scripture compares the old covenant that God made with Israel and the New Covenant that came with the death of Jesus Christ. The old covenant involves the sacrifice of animals and grain for the purpose of cleansing the person for worship in the Tabernacle. When the ashes were sprinkled over a person, they were cleansed on the outside.
When Christ came, he bypassed the old covenant with its sacrifices of animals and grain that cleansed the outside. His death on the cross gave us the New Covenant which cleanses those who believe on the inside. Christ doesn’t dwell in a manmade tabernacle but in a place created by God. The blood came from the unblemished Christ to forgive our sins and cleanses us to hear and serve God.
What does this mean for us? We are not tied to the Old Covenant with its required offerings of sacrifices. Christ came that when we accept His gift of salvation, we are cleansed by His perfect blood. This doesn’t mean that we have nothing else to do in our faith journey. Our growth in Christ is a journey. A journey of growing by studying His Word, listening to His directions, and obeying His commandments.
A journey is not a once and forever process. It is a day to day listening and learning God’s ways and obeying His word for each of us. We do not travel this journey alone; God’s word says that He will never leave us or forsake us. He is always there.
Our journey will have hills and valleys. Our human nature makes it difficult to refrain from questioning the directions and guidance we receive. Our journey does not mean it is a series of rules and rituals. Everything we do is because it is from our relationship with God. As Christians we are children of God, His precious children and He wants the very best for us.
Prayer: Lord, God hear our prayers and help us to hear your voice and follow your lead. Amen