Saturday, March 18, 2017
Saturday Sermonette - The New Contract
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:27-28, NKJV.
The Lord established a contract (covenant) between his people (the Hebrews) and himself centuries before Jesus arrived on the scene. The sinless God wanted His people to realize the gravity of doing wrong, and He required sacrifices of animals to atone (make up for) anything they did wrong. And no matter how hard a person tried, sins happened. Nobody managed to be perfect. The animals selected for sacrifice had to be perfect--no blemishes, broken horns, scratches, etc. They had to be the best of the flock or herd.
(Before you clap your hand over your mouth at the barbarism, keep in mind this was the same meat the owner would have for dinner--it wasn't entirely burnt up on the altar. The fat, some innards, and the blood were the sacrifice. Although a little of the meat became the priest's dinner, too.)
You can imagine what a busy time the Day of Atonement (one of the Hebrew holy days) was for priests.
Then along comes Jesus, who sheds His own perfect blood as the perfect forever sacrifice, ending the need for any further animal sacrifices at the temple. Mind-blowing for all the priests as well as the ones who followed Jesus.
Next time you have communion at church, remember His death until He comes back. Give Him thanks for the sacrifice He's done for you.
Jesus, You are perfect. Always have been, always will be. I appreciate more than I can say the love You showed to the world. May we forever remember! Amen.