A Better Covenant
"He sets aside the first to establish the second." - Hebrews 10:9
"For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second." - Hebrews 8:7
A change of guard has happened.
Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection were all highly significant events in establishing the New Covenant. A crossing over from the Old Covenant based on the Mosaic Law to the New Covenant of Grace and truth.
Understanding the significance of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection lays the foundation for the fullness of revelation of this New Testament as we continue to grow in our knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 1:1-11, 2 Peter 3:18).
The cross, a point of exchange. The old for the new, our lives for His, our brokenness for His resurrected life.
Like Nicodemus, we must come to Jesus in nightly hours and seek to find answers concerning eternal matters.
Like Mary Magdalene, we must hang around His teaching, His ministry and His journey to the grave and resurrection to see for ourselves and rejoice in the blessedness of this hope that we profess.
Like Simon from Cyrene who took up the Lord’s cross, and just as Paul wrote in Romans 8:17, we must be willing to suffer with Him, for if indeed we suffer with Him, we will be glorified with him.
Like Joseph of Arimathea, the rich man who requested for Jesus’s body, we must be willing to offer our best to the body of Christ in its difficult hour and time of need.
His death promises us life
“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” – Romans 6:3
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me..” - Galatians 2:20,21
“This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.” – 2 Timothy 2:11
“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.” – Romans 6:8
“He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:10
“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” – 2 Corinthians 4:10
His burial, our newness of life
“Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4
“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” – Colossians 2:12-15
We share in His Resurrection
“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection...” – Romans 6:5
Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” – Colossians 3:1
We are present with Him in ascension,
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus..” – Ephesians 2:6
Jesus through the events of Easter opened for us a new way of living.
Not only was He crucified for us, He was crucified as us.
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
In Jesus death, burial and resurrection, He sets aside the first to establish the second. A New Testament in which sinful man is clothed with Christ’s righteousness and reconciled to a Holy God.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21.
A righteous we were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.
“For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh” – Romans 8:3
Christ is the end of the Law, to bring righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)
Father, we thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for us on the cross that through Him we might obtain the gift of righteousness and a New covenant established on better promises. We believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried and rose again. We receive this righteousness by faith and we choose to walk in the newness of life.
In Jesus name, Amen.