“By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
Hebrews 8:13 NIV
I love new things….
- A new journal
- A new book
- A new pen
- A new dress
- A new pair of shoes
- A new year
What new things do you like?
The new covenant was put in place with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When I think about His sacrifice I am overwhelmed with gratitude. The old covenant was based on the law and obedience to the law.
As participants of the new covenant, what do we do with the old?
With my love for new things, I want to be able to walk away from the old. And yet… I cannot. I cannot walk away from the guidelines that God has laid down. I cannot forget what has come before the new…and I don’t think that’s what God is talking about in Hebrews.
The old covenant set the stage for the new. The old demonstrated our inability to do life on our own. The old pointed us directly to the new and specifically to Jesus. Therefore, we cannot get rid of it. I let it lead me to Jesus. I let it remind me of my dependence on Jesus. I let it remind me that I am no better than anyone else. The old covenant is a reminder of our equality before the Lord and our desperate need of His Grace and Mercy.
We don’t live in the old covenant because it is over…we live in the new. Live in the new, while remembering the work of the old.
How can you let the old point to the new?
Dear Lord, Thank you for new. For a new covenant, new starts, new beginnings, new hope, new life! Lord may the old remind us of the need for the new. May we be reminded of our need for you. Amen.