Jesus: The guarantee of a better covenant

Hebrews 7:26, “Such a high priest meets our need – one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once and for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priest men who are weak, but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.”

God, in his love and compassion has not only given us his son as our high priest but also made him a guarantee of a better covenant.

Covenant means an agreement, a contract between God and his people.  “When God made a covenant with Abraham and found no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and your descendants.”  Heb 6:13-14

Abraham received the promised blessings but God in his desire to bless his people more than what they deserve, went ahead to extend the blessings of Abraham onto those who carry the name of Jesus. The blessings that came down to Abraham were a shadow to what was to come upon the followers of Jesus. Since God never changes nor does he alters his ways, He is inviting people to come and take part in the covenant blessings through Jesus – the guarantee of what God has promised. God used the guarantee of a better covenant to make his covenant firmly grounded in his word when he sent his son as the fulfillment of his word in flesh. The covenant has been sealed by the coming of his Son Jesus Christ and awaits its fulfillment in the physical realm Jesus’ name.

Anything you asked in my name, I shall do it for you. Ask and your joy will be complete. Didn’t Jesus speak these words with his disciples in accordance with the desire of God’s heart to bless his people.

Why do we still see people asking and not receiving? The answer lies in patience endurance! Abraham waited before he received the promised blessings. In the same way God’s covenant blessings await the fulfillment of time to arrive. Some people argue – Why others are getting what they want except me? Is God partial? Does he want to give more to some and less to others? In Physical realm it does appear since there is so much inequality in the world, but in God’s kingdom things appear in different order. “ “Those who want to be the greatest must be the servant of all.” Who can accept such teaching? Only the one who has tasted the joy that is found at the core of God’s promises. The joy stays even though a child of God doesn’t see the fulfillment, but doesn’t the presence of divine joy prove the presence of joy-giver and prince of peace? And when the prince has arrived can anyone stop the blessings to reach God’s people?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things”? Romans 8:32

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