Sunday Rest and Reflection!
Scripture reading for December 14th: Hebrews 8-10
I love new things! Sometimes old things are nice to collect, but new things are better because they have all the latest technology. But sometimes this shift to new is difficult for us because we are set in our ways. This is what happened to many Jewish believers in the time of the letter to the Hebrews.
The old covenant had laws and regulations for those who broke those laws. The old covenant had promises for those who obeyed and warning for those who didn’t. Moses was the mediator of the old covenant and Aaron and the Levites were the high priest and priesthood. These were men who had failings themselves and eventually died. The old covenant had a mobile tabernacle carried by the Levites, and God could only be visited at prescribed times by certain people. Only Aaron the high priest could go into where God’s dwelling was in the Holy of Holies.
Jesus Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant. He revealed it to us by His life, teaching, and sacrificial death on a cross. He was God’s Son, not just a servant. He was perfectly obedient to the old covenant while here on earth and then became the sacrifice for laws broken under the old covenant.
His sacrifice was better because His body and blood were without sin. He offered Himself once for all to put away sin. (Hebrews 9:14) He lives forever and is able to be a perfect high priest of a different order, that of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:20) He can identify with us because He was a man and experienced our temptations. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
When we trust in Christ, God gives us a new heart and sends His Spirit to live in us. (Hebrews 8:10-12) We become priests of the new covenant here on earth! Our sins are forgiven and erased from God’s memory. We become the new dwelling place of God. As children of God, we can come to Him any time with our needs and find help and comfort.
New Covenant people love to gather together and encourage each other. We know Jesus Christ is coming soon! We want to reach as many as possible with the Good News of the New Covenant before Christ appears! (Hebrews 10:19-25) Don’t hold onto the old, embrace the New Covenant!