A New Covenant in My Blood
The New Covenant in My Blood
Throughout the Old Testament times, the forgiveness of sins was granted through sacrifices of animals like perfect sheep or cattle. In all cases, it was a shed blood sacrifice — of the perfect innocent — that granted forgiveness. When Christ Jesus came, He suffered and shed His blood on the cross to pay for all our sins. He alone is the absolutely perfect, sinless sacrifice that is able to truly pay for all our sins. Christians do not have to make animal sacrifices to pay for their sins. And, God made sure that the Jews would no longer be able to make animal sacrifices for their sins, by having enemy invaders destroy the Temple in Jerusalem that was required for their valid sacrifices.
The sacrifices that the Jews made is the first covenant God made with the people — the old covenant. But, when Jesus came, His perfect life and sacrifice for our sins required a “new covenant” for the people that would wash away all of their sins in true holiness. So, when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, He said in Luke 22:20,
This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
Then Hebrews 8:13 explains to us,
When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.
Hebrews 9:15 further explains,
For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Then, Hebrews 12:24 points out that Jesus is…
…the mediator of a new covenant…….
This is important for all Christians to realize. We are not to live by the laws of the Old Testament. Rather, we live by the word of God, with faith, hope, and love in Christ Jesus’s blood only. That enables us to live in the love of God with an obedience to His holiness that is based on our response to God’s gracious sacrificial love for us.
Freed by God’s love in Christ Jesus, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, thank You for Your mercy in Christ.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.