The New Covenant – Fulfilling the Old

Jesus came as a promise of God.  Throughout the Old Testament we see that the scriptures point toward a Messiah that would come and would save the world.  When Jesus came, He came to fulfill that prophecy and to create a new covenant between God and His people.

Throughout the Old Testament we see a people who are living by the laws of the land.  They had established laws that were to be upheld, but in many cases it seemed to be an impossible task.  The people turned their back on God and went after their own way as they sought to find personal gain and satisfaction from the world they were in.  Their attitude is not unlike the attitude of many in today’s society.

Sadducees and Pharisees were both seeking their own way in the time of Jesus, with a number of them standing on corners and praying aloud to gain attention for their “holy” ways.

When Jesus came, he came to abolish the law and to create a new covenant that would save the world.  It is through His blood that we can all come to know the abundance of a God-filled life.  We have this assurance through faith that we are a chosen people, chosen by God for the eternal life that He has planned for us.

In John 17 we see that this promise is truth, in the words of Jesus as He was praying in the garden:

19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” – John 17:19-21 (KJV)

We have been blessed in that Jesus prayed for each of us while He was toiling with the decision of facing the cross.  Jesus put aside his own needs for the needs of each of us, and in so doing, established a New Covenant between His Father and His followers.  We must look to this example in our own lives as well to know how we as Christians are to live.

The only way for us to reach eternal life is to give our lives for the same cause, to devote ourselves to the unselfish nature of this calling we have in our own lives, and give our all for our Lord and Savior.  Jesus died so that we might have life, and have it to the fullest.  Jesus came to establish a connection between God and man, and to give us a chance to enjoy forever with him.  Are you buying into this today, or are you living under the law with no knowledge of a Savior?  Are you committed to Christ, or seeking your own way?

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