Jesus has changed everything. When he came to earth, Jesus brought a new covenant to all people which was established in his sacrifice for us. We stand in God’s forgiveness under this new Jesus covenant and God forgets our sins…
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.”
We are seeing in Hebrews that Jesus’ identity as our perfect and eternal high priest lines up with the superiority of his priestly duties, which carries further into the establishment of a new covenant to replace the first. This book is written, as you might recall, to Jewish Christians whose paradigm is that of Mosaic Law. Our author here is trying to help them see that Jesus has changed everything. Jesus has become for us a new priest over a new covenant which gives us full access to God and freedom from sin and guilt.
We see here in chapter 8 that this declaration of God in vs. 8-12 about the new covenant is made through the prophet Jeremiah. This is Jeremiah 31:31-34 repeated and applied to Jesus and his new covenant. In other words, Jeremiah’s prophecy was about Jesus!
Unlike the old law and covenant, in which people failed to keep God’s commands, under the new Jesus covenant, God puts his teaching and commands on our hearts and we know him directly. We stand in God’s forgiveness under this new Jesus covenant and God forgets our sins. How? How could this be?
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, where he suffered and died, paid the penalty for our sin. His resurrection defeated death. When we receive Jesus as the Son of God and our Saviour, accepting that he died for us, we receive forgiveness for our sins and freedom from guilt.
Have you participated in this new covenant? Have you received the forgiveness of God through Jesus? Today you can experience this grace by expressing to God that you know you need forgiveness for your sin and that you trust that Jesus’ sacrifice was for you and is sufficient to cover your sin.
Invite Jesus into your life today and receive God’s forgiveness!