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The New Covenant ~ A Post Easter Meditation

 

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A Jew Named Jesus

Jesus is not Italian. And Jesus is not American. Jesus doesn’t go to your local conservative or liberal church. Jesus was and always will be Jewish.*

Covenants Are Cut

Jesus fulfilled the old covenant. He was the complete Abrahamic Covenant man, all the while, cutting a new covenant for us with his very flesh and blood. You see Jesus is Jewish, and covenants are cut. It’s a very bloody mess.

To think that Jesus didn’t know what was going on, is a pretty ignorant view of the crucifixion days of Rome. It’s why he sweated blood, agonizing over what was going to happen when he left the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew full well what was at stake. Jesus wanted a way out, but he knew the only way was through.

What Really Happens

To come to Jesus is to enter into this new blood covenant with God. Baptism physically symbolizes the blood that spiritually stains our life forever. All the spiritual forces of heaven and hell see his blood, as we’ve been sealed with the Holy Spirit.

You are marked out as adopted, God’s own. Your stain marks are visible in eternity, where they glow like the sun. It’s why we’re called children of light, because that’s what we are.

How It Works

As we daily receive and are filled with the Holy Spirit, (think of an oak tree continually receiving nourishment from the ground), we activate this new nature, and it comes through our being into our present. It’s a mystery and a greater reality to us, as we help each other activate more and more of God’s nature, we develop the character of God. We grow into who we really are…more and more, from glory to glory.

Working Out What God Has Worked Within

So let your light shine before everybody, so that through it, some might recognize what you’re doing, and glorify God.

After all, we’re living witnesses, as we work and share what Jesus had done for us, and in us, and through us.

You are the light of the world. You really do shine.

Here’s the idea:

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

 

* Never met a Jew named Jesus?  Jesus’ Hebrew name is Yeshua or Joshua, while Jesus is actually Greek, the language of the New Testament.

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