“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.” Hebrews 8:6.
To mediate is to bring opposing sides into agreement. Jesus Christ is our Mediator; it is His Blood that was shed, He is the New Covenant. The Old Covenant or the Old Testament was given to Moses to glaringly portray the fault of people. In other words, darkness does not recognize it is dark until the light is shown. Humanity did not recognize their unrighteousness until they were shown righteousness; and they failed miserably I might add. The purpose of the Old Covenant was to show mankind they needed a Saviour.
Jesus Christ was the end of the Old Covenant and the beginning of the New Covenant. Instead of demanding righteousness, we are now given righteousness through Jesus Christ. The New Covenant cannot be broken for it is between God and Jesus. It is our decision to either be apart of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ, or not be a part. Hence we are in Jesus, we are part of the Body of Jesus.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1. While the Old Covenant brought a yoke of bondage, we are now given liberty. Many manmade traditions and religions continue to bring God’s children into bondage. As the Old Covenant brought bondage which led to death, so too does manmade traditions bring forth spiritual death.
Many Christians today are spiritually starved because the door to the Holy of Holies remains closed to their traditions. God’s plan of salvation opened the Heavenly Tabernacle to all who live under the New Covenant; under the Blood of Jesus. The finished work of Jesus is what allows us immediate access to God’s throne of mercy. Our sins, which were once accounted for death, are no longer remembered because we belong to Jesus; we are a part of the New Covenant. In the eyes of God we are again seen as His perfect creation. In the eyes of God, He now wants to use His creation for our intended purpose, to glorify Him.
Sometimes I feel like the phrase “glorify God” is misunderstood. In human terms we bring glory to someone or something by singing their praises. As parents, we glorify our children when they behave correctly. We glorify our employees when they accomplish goals. They are a shining example of the perfect child or the model employee, so we give them honor. Many in the world don’t understand glorifying God because they have not given God His due credit for what He has done for us. Therefore, they are not glorifying God but glorifying themselves. With every breath we take it is a breath of mercy. With every breath given, God is given us time to return the glory to Him. This mercy is granted to us because of Jesus. Jesus, being our Mediator, is pleading intercession for us. The Law which brought God’s wrath to the sinner has now been paid in full by the Blood of Jesus; by the mediation of the New Covenant.
Because the Old Covenant did not produce love, God sent love through His Son, Jesus Christ. God sent the perfect Lamb to fulfill, once and for all, the blood sacrifice. While on earth, Jesus showed us how to reach the lost. He was and is an example of God’s perfect love and mercy for all. It was through mercy that Jesus reached the lost. His mercy is what reaches the heart of man. It is not until we understand with our heart the sacrifice made, that we are healed (Mathew 13:15).
One day soon, very soon, Jesus will no longer be pleading for more time for the lost. One day soon the Lord will no longer be our Saviour but our Judge. My heart aches for those who will not be covered by His Blood; who are not under the New Covenant. One day soon all of the “good people” who lived honorable, honest lives but never got around to accepting Jesus as their Saviour will be judged according to His standards and not the world’s standards. Soon will come the day when our time will be up. What we were going to do tomorrow will no longer be an option. Our busy lives has taken up all the time we had and its over.
Jesus will soon be glorified and every knee will bow whether we chose to glorify Him or not, He will be glorified. I pray we allow the Lord to glorify Himself in our lives and we have mercy on the lost. If not for His mercy on us, we too would still be lost. I pray we acknowledge His answered prayers and His blessings in everything we do.
The New Covenant cannot be broken. We must decide now whether we accept or deny Jesus because any indecision is by default a denial. The harvest will come and the tares and the wheat will be separated. The tares will be burned and the wheat will be gathered. (Matthew 13:24-30). The harvest is ripe. Soon it will be separated. – Donna Warren