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Anticipating the King – December 21, 2019

Anticipating the King – December 21, 2019

The New Covenant

 

Reading: Jeremiah 31:10-34; Hebrews 9:15

 

If you study the covenants in Scripture, you gain a deep understanding of the long-suffering of the Lord God Almighty and His persistent desire to be one with those He created to bear His image. The New Covenant reveals a gracious God Who has defined holiness and now makes it possible for any that would receive His love to be loved.

 

Our iniquities should not be minimized, rationalized, or denied. Our iniquities separate us from our good Father. I grew up thinking that my earthly father was my best friend. In my early high school years, he detached from our family. I lost the relationship that made me feel most secure on this planet. I felt rejected. The separation was not good for either of us.

 

Unlike my earthly father, our heavenly father pursues a relationship with us even though sin separates us. Our heavenly father is almighty and He knows how to judiciously recognize the destructive nature of sin and overcome its consequences. God acts on our behalf to restore the relationship.

 

As a Covenant Blesser, God established the New Covenant to forever address the need humankind has for a restored, resurrected heart. We are united into this New Covenant with God when we believe in His provision of forgiveness and resurrection life through His Son. Upon alliance with the Son, we receive the Spirit of God and become His Covenant child. Secure in an eternal relationship with the Father. This is the goodness of God. Jesus first coming as a baby assured us that God was intentional in bringing the fulfillment of the New Covenant. Christ’s second coming will finalize the New Covenant as we receive our resurrected bodies and a fully new heart.

 

There is no greater gift than the Covenant love of your Father. Celebrate that gift this Christmas and the newness of Life that the believer receives as the holy and blameless child of God.

 

Matthew 26:28 …for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.

 

Seeing Advent as His child: The heart with a cross in it reminds us that when we are in Christ than we are a New Covenant child, indwelt with His Spirit and fully loved as His Body.

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Worship song of the day: A Baby Changes Everything

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