Out With The Old, In With The New
Posted: Monday, November 7
Verse of the day:
When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear. (Hebrews 8:13)
I am an Apple consumer. My dad has always been a big mac guy and since I am blood of his blood, Apple runs through my veins. Growing up I always wanted my own iPhone and finally purchased my first official iPhone (iPhone 5) after graduating college. I’m thrilled to say that my life has never been the same. Currently I own the iPhone 6S and plan on sticking with that for a while, but each year it’s fun to see what fancy tricks the new model will incorporate to enhance my quality of life. As a wise scholar once said, “Out with the old, in with the new.” (Can you sense my slithering sarcastic tone in this paragraph, because it’s lathered throughout.)
There’s two covenants, or contracts, between God and man in Christianity; the old covenant and the new covenant. It’s also where we get the two divisions of the Bible, Old Testament and New. The old covenant between God and man originated when Adam and Eve royally screwed up God’s dynamic plan for life by sinning in the garden of Eden. Rules then needed to be established and it’s why we have the Ten Commandments and the hundreds of laws defining those ten even further. Under the old agreement, a High Priest would sacrifice an animal on behalf of the people for the forgiveness of sins. Everyday common folk were not allowed into the presence of God and honestly, the whole covenant was far from ideal.
So out with the old, in with the new. Jesus arrives and confirms with religious leaders that he has come to do some big things to the old covenant that people have followed for thousands of years. Jesus says in Matthew 15:7, “Don’t misunderstand why I have come—it isn’t to cancel the laws of Moses and the warnings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them and to make them all come true.” So, it isn’t that Jesus came to toss out the old rulebook, but rather He came to update it, satisfy it, and complete it when He died on the cross. The new covenant, or agreement, humanity has with God is much like an updated iPhone. Under this new covenant, we can enter the presence of God anywhere - the car, the shower, our bedrooms, or at the altar at church. We can confess and be forgiven of our sins instantly instead of being burdened with the guilt until the High Priest finally makes atonement.
We are living in the age of the New Covenant, and with it comes so much freedom! Freedom to live with the Spirit of God as our counselor and friend. Freedom to come before the throne of the most powerful being in the universe at any moment. What Jesus did by becoming the final sacrifice for our sins has set us free and pushed us into a new era. Thank you Jesus for what you did on Calvary’s cross and the new agreement you established between God and us! We can now look forward to Jesus’ return and the even better agreement that will come with that!