Gleanings – New, as in NOT the Old One

Hebrews 9:15-28

“Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant.”

New, as in not old. Why we struggle to get that I do not know. But we live under the new covenant.

Under the old, we strove and strove to keep the law. When we didn’t keep it, we offered sacrifices to atone. It was a lot of work. It was futile. Nothing got better. We strove. We sacrificed. Groundhog Day comes to mind.

Under the new covenant, the sacrifice is made once for all by God in Jesus. Once for all. Never to be done again. There goes half the human effort. Then, the law we are meant to keep is written upon our hearts and we are transformed in such a way as to live into the law (albeit not fully). There goes the other half. God is doing all the work.

This Friday, this Good Friday, as you mark and celebrate the unthinkable, be reminded of the new. It is why Jesus said, “It is finished.”

Thanks be to God!


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