Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A New Covenant

Year 8-Day 99:Today, I am grateful for a new covenant.

It is Holy Week. On Thursday, we remember the night Jesus gathered with His disciples for one last meal before a few of them would head with him to the Garden of Gethsemane. There he would pray and await His arrest.

I cannot imagine the thoughts that ran through his mind. Judas would betray him. Peter was wound tight. Jesus had so much going on, but he took time to wash his disciples feet (John 13), share a meal and talk about what was to come. 

The disciples could not see the crucifixion ahead. The the memory of the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday was so fresh. The people loved Jesus, right? Human emotions can be so fickle. They change like the wind. 

What does not change is God's relentless pursuit of a relationship with the humans he lovingly created. Yes, he was silent for a number of years, but never absent. Then, when the time was right - everything came to pass as the prophets foretold. 

Jesus mission was our redemption. He was heaven's special forces. He knew the assignment would mean suffering and death on a cross, but he never wavered from His purpose. His mission would include a new covenant, so that we could be free from the burden of our sins and the requirements for sin offerings. He became the offering, once and for all. 

After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. -Luke 22:20

"A new covenant... my blood poured out for you." He never gives up hope that we will return to Him.Easter is the perfect time to surrender to the love that is waiting for each of us. He is our best "yes".

Today, I am grateful for a new covenant.

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