The New Covenant (Advent 2012 – Day 11)

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah…” —Jeremiah 31:31

Jeremiah is often referred to as the “Weeping Prophet” because the message he brought from the Lord was widely ignored. Jeremiah was one who knew the truth, yet sadly struggled to find an audience. People were just not willing to repent or change their ways. In this regard both Jeremiah and Christ have a lot in common. Christ spent the majority of his ministry trying to get Israel to embrace the new covenant that Jeremiah had predicted and that he has brought. The Kingdom of God had come, but none were ready. Christ would find a great deal of frustration in that the only ones who seemed willing and able to understand him were the lowly, the poor, the uneducated, and the small. Those that should have known better and should have rallied with him were silent and to satisfied to embrace his teachings.

Luckily for us we have the Gospel of Christ and currently live in the new covenant that Jeremiah predicted. As Jeremiah and Christ both knew there will alway be people who are not willing to hear the word of God. Rejection of the word of God is not new, and even up into the final days of Revelation it is said that there will still be those who reject the gospel. For those people our heart breaks, but for those of us who have heard and believed let us praise God for the amazing blessing that is the New Covenant. As we anticipate the symbolic coming of Christ on Christmas Day, let us be glad and joyous for the grace filled gift that was Christ, and also for those brave men and women who came before us and faced rejection to spread this gospel message.

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