Thursday, April 13, 2017

The New Covenant

Post by: Steve Laser

The world has seen many great days, none as great as the day that Jesus gave us a new covenant. It's easy to forget what Easter really means, it means that humans can be close to God again. Before Easter, sin drove a wedge between God and ourselves.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. -Romans 8 1:39

This new covenant came with great pain and suffering for Jesus; the pain of betrayal by his closest friend, the verbal humiliation and mockery at the hands of thousands of people celebrating Passover, a public trial where people he was trying to save chose to let a murderer go free in order to crucify him. Then the physical pain and torture; he was beaten and maimed until he was unrecognizable drenched in blood and covered with dirt, made to carry his own crucifix up a mountain, nails driven through his hands and feet and his abdomen slashed with a spear. 

Why?.....To save us from ourselves, to free us from the shackles of our inevitable bad choices. 

Through the endurance of the ugliest parts of humanity, Jesus performs the most beautiful miracle and rises from the dead and finally ascending to heaven. By doing so, he gave us his amazing new covenant and sowed the seeds of the Christian faith built on love, selflessness, charity, forgiveness and hope.

Steve Laser has been a member of BUMC for more than five years. He serves on the finance committee, and has previously been involved in the First Friday Fellowship, Theology on Tap, and has served as an usher. He is a native to Broomfield, Colorado, and lives here now with his fabulous wife and two awesome children. He also makes a mean smoked brisket.

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