"Days are coming … when I will effect a new covenant … He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear." – Hebrews 8:8, 13 NASB
The Bible makes clear that Jesus came to do something new, far beyond just tolerating the old ways. Hebrews uses a series of strong words (such as “obsolete” and “disappear”) to demonstrate that His mission was to make a complete change.
Jesus didn’t come to be just another prophet or teacher. He had a unique function. He was a “priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5:6). He came to initiate a new arrangement. A different order of things. A different way to approach life and our relationship with God.
Jesus was “setting aside” the former commandments. He didn’t update the Law but came to abolish it (Hebrews 7:18-19). He came to help everyone realize that the Law (and everything associated with it) serves as a “copy and shadow of the heavenly things” (Hebrews 8:5).
Jesus came to introduce a new covenant (Hebrews 9:15). In everything, He came to do the will of the Father (Hebrews 10:9-10). The old covenant was about “regulations” (Hebrews 9:1). But under this new covenant, the focus is on the heart. It’s not a focus on rules but on changing lives.
Jesus’ life and ministry led to a new kind of relationship with God, to a relationship based on faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Today, don’t get stuck trying to do things the old ways. Look to Jesus. Let Him make all things new for you.
PrayerFather, help me focus on Jesus. Change my life. Through Jesus, I believe that all things have become new. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingHebrews 8