God is a covenant making God. God has dealt with people by covenants, both in history and in the present. The old testament is the old covenant. There was a covenant made with Abraham in Gen. 15 where animals were split in two, with also a turtledove and a pigeon. That night, a burning fire passed through the pieces, as God Himself cut a covenant with Abraham. Then in Ex. 24 God made a covenant with Moses and the people. Blood was sprinkled on the altar and on the people, as they promised they would do according to all the words of the covenant. When Jesus had the last supper with the disciples, he took the bread and broke it and said, "Take, eat, this is my body." He took the cup and gave it to the disciples saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." That day the bread and the wine took on a new meaning which would change the history of the world. No longer would the blood of bulls and goats be necessary to cover sin. The blood of Jesus would once and for all pay the debt of our sins. The way into the very presence of God has been the made. The veil in the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom at the time of Jesus death. This signified to us that the way into the Holy of Holies has been made through Jesus Christ. "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil." Heb. 6:19. We live in uncertain and trying times. We don't know what will happen in this coming year. But we have something that is both sure and certain. This new covenant is an anchor for our souls. An anchor holds you steady through the winds and the storms. This anchor of the new covenant holds us steady in the storms of life. This new covenant brings us into the presence of God. The High Priest of the new covenant lives forever to make intercession for us. We are invited to draw near into the very presence of God to find the grace and help we need. Let us be established in the new covenant today!
What does the new covenant mean to you today?
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