8 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.
3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. 4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” 6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.
9 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
My, my, my…you have heard the saying, it doesn’t get any better than this!?! Hallelujah! It doesn’t get any better than this…the new covenant. As the writer of Hebrews pens these verses, the focus was the Jews but in the context of the complete Bible these blessings belong to every true believer.
And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. Luke 22:20
In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:25
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:29
Why is the new covenant superior? Because it ministers to the internal (the heart) rather than the external. In Jesus, all the shadows are fulfilled and replaced as the reality comes forward, that is Jesus the Christ. In Him comes the following promises, promises purchased by the blood of Jesus….and it doesn’t get any better than this!!! Hallelujah! Glory to the Superior High Priest who is the Lamb of God!
- I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.
- I will be their God, and they will be my people.
- No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.
- For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
All speak of the grace and mercy of God to give those who will believe and receive a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus, the Mediator of the superior covenant! This is truly, “living the life.” Anything less is just the deception of the enemy and the depravity of the heart of man.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true [supreme and sovereign] God, and [in the same manner know] Jesus [as the] Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3
Our Father, hallowed is Your name! You alone are God! Your love is amazing, Your grace is abundant, and Your mercy is tender. From everlasting to everlasting, You are God! Thank you for the superior covenant purchased by the Superior One, our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ! We worship You and bow before You to offer our praise and thanks. It doesn’t get any better than knowing Jesus in an intimate and personal relationship and having Your law written upon our hearts. Once we were not a people, but now we are the people of God because of Your lavished love! Bless Your Holy Name! Help us to live for Your glory that others would know You!
In Jesus Name, Amen!