New Covenant

To Jesus (mediator of a new covenant), and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things than the blood of Abel. Hebrews 12:24

My wife works for a company on a contract basis. Each year she signs a contract stating the nature of the project, her responsibilities, and her rate of pay for a specified period of time, which is usually five months. A new contract is required each year because the old contract is no longer valid.

The old covenant was the covenant between God and the Israelites. When Jesus came He established a new covenant and demolished the old covenant. Hebrews 8:6 states that Jesus “is the mediator of a better covenant” In 8:8, the writer describes a better covenant. In 12:24 the Greek term used for “new” is different than the term used in the other passages, stressing the more recent origin of the new covenant. As believers we have a permanent contract that will never have to be renewed. Because of Jesus’ death and the shedding of His blood, our sins are forgiven. The blood of Abel cried out for revenge and justice but the blood of Jesus is better. It cries out for forgiveness and mercy instead of revenge. Through Jesus Christ we have a new covenant with God. We no longer have to fear God and His wrath against sin in our lives but can enjoy fellowship with the living God who loves us and wants to have a relationship with us.

Challenge: Thank God for the new covenant you have with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Remember that you are new creature in Christ. The old nature has passed away. Your new nature desires to live for God and to bring honor to His kingdom.

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