Thursday, December 16

Jeremiah 31:31-35

“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the House of Judah…. I will put my law within them, and I will write it I their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

A new Covenant from God! The covenant that’s mentioned in the Old Testament was broken by the Israelites, and now God has made a new covenant,. A covenant is a promise, so God is making a new promise. This promise is not just for anyone in general, but to each one of us. It is personal. Jesus embodies this new promise. He was sent to us to teach, to die on the cross, to be resurrected, so that we could be forgiven. We know this already, but we need to tell others.

We need to live by example, which in many ways is the best teaching method. Actions speak louder than words— we make promises to obey God and live according to his will, but we usually fall short of doing this, we go back on our promise. God’s promise is eternal, it is binding. You don’t need a handshake or a written agreement. God’s word is good enough! On Christmas we remember that Jesus is God’s promise and we celebrate the birth of our Savior!

-Bill Greber

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