October 13, 2013-A New Covenant

A New Covenant-October 13, 2013

Jeremiah 31:31-34; 2 Corinthians 3:7-11; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26

“The Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper before His death.  Three of the four Gospels record the event:

“Then He said to them, “with fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”…Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves.”…And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you; do this in Remembrance of Me.  “Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:15, 17, 19-20; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25).

The Messiah had come.

The law had been fulfilled.

The ultimate and final sacrifice for sin had been made.

No more animal sacrifice.

A New High Priest.

The veil in the temple was torn.

It was a new covenant all right.  A covenant means an “arrangement made by one party which the other party involved can accept or reject but cannot alter.”  God, the “Arranger” of the new covenant, was offering through His Son a new and better way.  We can accept or reject His offer but we can’t alter it.

“The Lord’s Supper is the only thing Jesus ever asked His people to do whereby they might remember Him.  Shall we deny Him this simple request?”-George W. Truett

What a Savior!  “For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it” (Hebrews 9:16 NASB).

At the Lord’s Table-and throughout our lives-may we have eyes only for the One who offered His life to save us.

As we remember…

First, remember by His sovereign will, He chose you.

Second, remember by His substitutionary death, He saved you.

Third, remember by His Spirit, He has sealed you forever.

Fourth, remember His steadfast love sustains you.

1 Corinthians  11:24-26

Some content from This Glorious Journey, by Dr. Charles F. Stanley

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