BY Debbie Eaton
Text: Hebrews 8:1-13
“I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
– Hebrews 8:10
Imagine being one of the 12 disciples sitting at the Last Supper table with Jesus, enjoying food and fellowship. The conversation is rich with the tradition of the Passover and what it meant to be Jewish — the Mosaic Law entrenched and lived out in the culture of the day.
These 12 men had spent close to three years watching Jesus contend with the law and challenge those who implemented the law. And here they sat together, unaware of what was going to be said next and the ramifications of it — that soon a new covenant, a superior covenant would be ushered in, making the old obsolete.
Jesus broke bread and said, “‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them saying, ‘Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26:27-28)
Did the disciples look at each other and say, “What?” Did they have any idea what was to come?
Then there came the unthinkable reality — betrayal, arrest, declared guilty, hung in the gap of heaven and hell. Death. The curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook. Silence.
Then… an empty tomb.
Can you imagine?
God’s supernatural power and perfect plan shifted the old, external covenant to an internal and eternal new covenant. The prophetic words of Jeremiah came true — “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10)
A new covenant means new day — a day where the spirit of God lives in us.
Jesus himself engraves His love on our hearts. He places His Spirit in us so we can choose to live out His better plan. When we abide in Him, our mind, heart and soul are changed forever.
God’s thread of grace transcends time.
From creation, to the fall of Adam and Eve, to His birth, death and resurrection – God’s hope for humanity is filled with grace, mercy and unfailing love.
When my son was four years old and asked me one Good Friday, “Mom, why is it called Good Friday when it was a bad day for Jesus?” I could lovingly say it was a great day for mankind. God’s plan for grace, forgiveness and redemption was fulfilled in a new and more superior covenant with His people.
“What this new covenant does is implant into the heart of a man a new nature, impelling him to act righteously. No longer is his conduct directed by an exterior law but by the law of Christ within him.” – AW Tozer
How is God engraving grace on your heart today?