Most Christians forget that the law was here on earth before Christ came. It was here, given through Moses and used as the standard for how a person should act. In fact it was rigidly enforced and taught daily. The punishments for breaking the law were swift, Biblical and merciless in accordance with the covenant that they came from – So
What made this new covenant through Jesus “superior”?
“But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.” – Hebrews 8:6
This passage talks about the old covenant (law) and the new covenant (Grace) in an effort to show what made the new wine unable to be held by the old wineskin so to speak.
God wants a radical relationship with you!
In fact this relationship is so radical that some would prefer you not to have it – Why?
Because this relationship is based on a Love so pure and so deep that it can’t be explained or fully appreciated in human terms – that is what makes this “new covenant” superior.
Jesus didn’t come to help you obey the law better. He didn’t shed His blood so you would feel good on Sunday morning and have an emotional experience. He didn’t endure pain, suffering and sacrifice so that we could be comfortably ignorant in our knowledge that we have done and do many good deeds.
He came here and with each step He took and every breath He breathed He said three simple words, “I Love You!” He wanted us to know by every minute action of His Being that His Love was something that surpasses and is superior to everything- to include the old covenant! He desperately wanted to Love us and God Almighty wants that now!
This new covenant is not based on our doing but on His Being – it isn’t based on who we are but instead on who He is – it isn’t about following the rules – it’s about accepting His Love!
Live in the “better promises” and start today! Live in the light of His Love and Grace and Mercy that is boundless and start today!
Find a time and a place where you probably won’t be disturbed and spend a few minutes in this quiet meditative prayer:
Breathe in and say:
“Let me live”
Breathe out and say:
“Your new covenant”