Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 25, 2012)
31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord.
33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says theLord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
We are almost through our 40 day journey of prayer and fasting – a season we know as Lent. It is a journey that takes us to the cross. Over the last several weeks I have been selecting songs that tell the story of the cross – the story of the new covenant. This is the new covenant that is promised in Jeremiah. I love what God tells His people. This new covenant will be deep within them. They will do what the Lord commands because those instructions are buried deep within their hearts. People who see them will know who they serve. What a wonderful promise that we are given because of the cross of Christ. His blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins – we call that the atonement – because of the shed blood for our sins, we can become at one again with God. This is all part of the new covenant that was promised in Jeremiah. Are you living in this New Covenant? I encourage you to seek God out – seek His ways — seek His covenant.