Sunday Devotional: The New Covenant

Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After all the people had been baptized
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”

Jesus baptism
The second Person of the Triune Godhead incarnated as a human being and spent 33 years on Earth, teaching and ministering, finally to be falsely accused, grievously tortured, and nailed to a cross to die. All in order to make right the terrible betrayal by humanity’s first parents, Adam and Eve, who, in their grandiose narcissism, thought they could be “like God” and so determine for themselves what is right and wrong, good and evil.
The birth of Jesus Christ our Lord had been long prophesied by Hebrew prophets. See “The Old Testament foretold the Coming of Christ”.
But His human incarnation also means the passing of God’s covenant from Jews to all peoples. (See “Salvation is from and also for the Jews”)

Isaiah 40:1-3

Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end….
A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!

Acts 10:34-35

Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered
in the house of Cornelius, saying:
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.

Luke 22:19-20

Then He took a loaf of bread,
and when He had given thanks,
He broke it and gave it to them, saying,
“This is my body, which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
And He did the same with the cup after supper saying,
“This cup that is poured out for you
is the new covenant in my Blood,
which will be shed for you.”

Hebrews 8:13

In speaking of a new covenant,
He makes the first one obsolete.
And what is becoming obsolete and growing old
is ready to vanish away.

Henceforth, anyone can be one of God’s people (which is why I don’t understand why some Christians, e.g., WND, seem obsessed with observing Sabbath on Saturday, as in the Old Testament.)
But He never promised doing so would be a rose garden.

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wants to be my disciple
must deny themselves
and take up their cross
and follow me.”

Always remember that the Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.
May the peace and joy and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “Sunday Devotional: The New Covenant

  1. Dr. Eowyn, the question you asked about why some Christians think you have to worship on Saturday as if that is more biblical I think comes from a legalistic view of how we should conduct our lives.
    Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man not God. He knows we are the ones needing rest and have a day of repose when we worship Him. I have to work crazy hours and days so if my day off is on Monday that is the day I am going to make the Sabbath and focus my attention on resting and worshiping, which we can and should do everyday.
    I heard or read that all the other religions in the world say man must achieve heaven and god through works but Christianity is heaven came down to man as a human and did it all, the perfect sacrifice for our sin.
    He made it easy not hard for us! Praise His Holy Name!

     
  2. Dr. Eowyn, thank you for this and all your other Sunday posts. They contain truths that must be followed if we are to avoid the increasing attacks of Lucifer. Lucifer knows that, too, and he works feverishly to place temptations and impediments every way possible to separate us from God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    The longer I live, the less I blame Adam and Eve and see the possibility of also being deceived by Satan. If the first couple makes it to heaven, they will win no popularity contest with me unless I get a great power of forgiveness from God.

     
  3. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    We are not only wrestling against flesh and blood.

     
  4. Dr Eowyn, you have spiritually fed us well. Thank You.

     
  5. Dr. Eowyn,
    awesome devotional!
    Thank You for sharing with us.

     
  6. Thank you and God bless you, Heather, marble, Auntie Lulu, and MomOfIV.

     
  7. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most important post. I apologize for being late to read and appreciate it, as it is so wonderful! May God continue to bless you and may He send His angels and saints to assist you daily.

     

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