Jesus came to enact a New Covenant because God’s Word teaches us that there was a problem with the Old Covenant. The success of the Old Covenant actually depended on man’s ability to keep God’s Law, and that was the reason why it failed. However, it’s important to know that the failure of the Old Covenant wasn’t a reflection of God’s weakness, but man’s. It was this weakness of the Old Covenant as a result of man’s inability to keep his part of the covenant, which necessitated the ratification of the New Covenant, whose success solely relies on the person of Christ and His finished work. Man’s part in the New Covenant is only to believe. Based on this understanding, the author of the book of Hebrews quips: “9Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” [Hebrews 9:9-12].
What this means is that Jesus brought humanity a better and new way – a New Covenant which is better than the Old. Speaking about this, the author of the book of Hebrews presses further by saying: “6But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises” [Hebrews 8:6].
You see dear friend, the reason why the New Covenant is better and successful is because it depends entirely on Jesus and His finished. Man did nothing to contribute to its success. The New Covenant is at the giving end, while man is at the receiving end.
Take a look at this:
“11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance” [Hebrews 9:11-15].
There’s something I need to say at this point: Jesus’ birth didn’t mark the beginning of the New Covenant – which is also known as a Testament or Will – considering that God’s Word teaches us that a Covenant – Testament – Will – can only be put to force at the death of the Testator. Jesus came as the Testator of the New Covenant, and until He died, the New Covenant wasn’t put to force.
As I have stated earlier, the New Covenant is also known as the New Testament or Will. By the Bible’s definition, a Testament or Will is a list of things to be given away to certain people when the Testator dies. With this understanding, it couldn’t be possible that the birth of Jesus marked the beginning of the New Testament.
Hebrews 9:14-22 [TLB] makes this very clear: “14 just think how much more surely the blood of Christ will transform our lives and hearts. His sacrifice frees us from the worry of having to obey the old rules, and makes us want to serve the living God. For by the help of the eternal Holy Spirit, Christ willingly gave himself to God to die for our sins – he being perfect, without a single sin or fault.15 Christ came with this NEW AGREEMENT so that all who are invited may come and have forever all the wonders God has promised them. For Christ died to rescue them from the penalty of the sins they had committed while still under the old system.16 Now, if someone dies and leaves A WILL – A LIST OF THINGS TO BE GIVEN AWAY TO CERTAIN PEOPLE WHEN HE DIES – no one gets anything until it is proved that the person who wrote the will is dead. 17 THE WILL GOES INTO EFFECT ONLY AFTER THE DEATH OF THE PERSON WHO WROTE IT. WHILE HE IS STILL ALIVE NO ONE CAN USE IT TO GET ANY OF THOSE THINGS HE HAS PROMISED THEM.18 That is why blood was sprinkled [as proof of Christ’s death] before even the first agreement could go into effect.19 For after Moses had given the people all of God’s laws, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, and sprinkled the blood over the book of God’s laws and over all the people, using branches of hyssop bushes ans scarlet wool to sprinkle with.20 Then he said, “This is the blood that marks the beginning of the the agreement between you and God, the agreement God commanded me to make with you.”21 And in the same way he sprinkled blood on the sacred tent and on whatever instruments were used for worship.22 In fact we can say that under the old agreement almost everything was cleansed by sprinkling it with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”
Did Jesus really die? Yes, He did. The proof that He actually died is in the Gospels. See what John the Beloved was inspired to write, not just by the promptings of the Holy Spirit but as an eye witness to the reality that Jesus actually died:
“30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and HE BOWED HIS HEAD, AND GAVE UP THE GHOST. 31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But WHEN THEY CAME TO JESUS, AND SAW THAT HE WAS DEAD ALREADY, they brake not his legs: 34 But ONE OF THE SOLDIERS WITH A SPEAR PIERCED HIS SIDE, AND FORTHWITH CAME THERE OUT BLOOD AND WATER.
35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe” [John 19:30-35].
It was when Jesus died on the cross, a fact that was proven by the spilling of His blood, that the New Covenant, which He came to ratify in order to replace the Old, was put to force.
As a Christian, you live under the New Covenant that was put to force by the death of Christ. This New Covenant is better than the Old because, according to God’s Word in Hebrews 8:6, it’s established on better promises. The implication is that the New Covenant is meant to make our lives better. Belonging to the New Covenant means destined for a better life that isn’t obtainable anywhere else except in Christ.
My dear friend, in case you’re reading this and you’re not yet born again; it means you’re not a part of the New Covenant. I want you to know that God loves you in spite of your present lifestyle. Don’t feel rejected; He wants you to share in the blessedness brought to mankind by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The choice is yours today. It’s very simple to become a part of this glorious New Covenant. Your responsibility is to accept God’s offer; and you can do that just by praying the following prayer of faith:
“Dear God, according to Romans 4:25, I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again to make me right with you, in order to fill me with your goodness. I also confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. Today, I accept Jesus into my heart as my Personal Lord and Saviour.
In accordance with Romans 10:10, which say if I believe with my heart and confess with my mouth, I will be saved, I know that from now henceforth: I am born again; I am a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away, behold, all things have become new. I have the very life of God in me; I am God’s righteousness in Christ. I am lifted with Christ and together we are seated in heaven at the right hand of the Father, far, far above principalities and powers. Just as Christ is, so am I in this world, in Jesus’ Name”. Amen.
Congratulations! You’re now born again. Welcome to the New Covenant that’s established on better promises meant to make your life better. I’m certain that you have been blessed by this piece. Please, don’t hesitate to leave your comment. You can also send me a direct mail through email@example.com in order to share some spiritual issues that are bothering you, and any specific prayer request, bearing in mind that your spiritual welfare is my utmost concern. I love you and I want you to know that I’m praying for you. Remain forever blessed in Christ.
Jesus is Lord!