“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34, NKJV)
This is our fifth week, reading the lectionary texts and doing good works and sacrificing some things that we were spending too much time or money or effort on to do the better work instead. If you’ve come this far, you can do it, you can finish next week. Keep going!
We are only about a week away from Easter. The celebration of the risen Lord is getting closer and closer! What are you doing to prepare your family for this important celebration? You’ve been working on your own heart for several weeks, repenting and sacrificing and getting to know the Lord better through His word. Perhaps you’ve had opportunities to talk to other people about the Lord. Perhaps you have had opportunities to read the story about Jesus’ death and resurrection to your children. Perhaps you’ve made extra time these past few weeks to pray for people you care about. Perhaps you have creatively extended love to your neighbor.
The Lord wants to put the law in our hearts and in our minds. No more going to the Temple to make sacrifices. No more killing a lamb or a dove. The ultimate sacrifice was made so God can be our God and we can be His people and we can know Him. He says He will forgive our sin and will remember it no more! He did all this through the cross. The instrument of torture has become a gift of redemption for us.
God used the cross as the way to make a new covenant with us, to put the law into our hearts through coming to Him, not through the Temple but through Jesus, who died on that cross and defeated death. He had to bear the cross, carrying it a long way and then hanging on it. We also have to bear crosses daily. What is your cross? Can you learn to bear it daily with joy? Does that seem impossible? It is a pretty big thing to ask of us. We can only do it with help from God. As we have read in our Lent readings, He is our only source of strength and the One who gives us the grace to do what He has asked us to do. So can you learn to bear your cross daily with joy? Can I? Yes. By asking for strength and grace that only He can give. What Good News!
Easter is coming shortly, the greatest celebration in the church year. By the cross and the defeat of death by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and through the forgiveness of our sins so we can have a right relationship with Him, God has made with us a new covenant, written on our hearts. The celebration is almost here!
These thoughts come from the scriptures in our Lenten discipline, Be Made New. You can still join in! Click the download button to download the PDF and read this post to find out how to participate.