“Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, ‘This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.’ ” Mark 14:23-24
What is a covenant? Some times we know words well enough to be familiar and comfortable with them without actually knowing what they really signify.
A covenant is a document that governs a relationship. Sometimes the word can also be used to refer to the relationship itself. In our focus text the relationship referred to is the relationship between God and those that receive salvation from sin.
Many times we only think about how Jesus’ death on the cross provides forgiveness for our sins but that’s just the beginning of the relationship. And just like the act of giving birth is an enormously significant event beginning a life, Jesus’ death on the cross was a enormously significant event offering us the beginning of a new relationship with God.
Contracts were used to govern relationships that were limited in scope and duration; but covenants have always been reserved for relationships that are intended to be long term: lifelong, or multigenerational, or even forever.
In order to understand the kind of relationship God is looking for from us we need to study the scriptures and learn about what he was looking for when he entered into relationships with other people in the past. In Malachai 3:6 God tells us that he doesn’t change so we can probably assume that he’s looking for the same kind of relationship with us today as he was looking for with the people of Israel in the Old Testament and with the early Christians in the New Testament.
But what are you looking for from God? Do you even want a relationship with him? And if you do want a relationship do you want to dictate terms or are you willing to accept the terms God is offering.
King David, and others after him, have learned to rejoice in the laws and protections provided by God in his covenant and we too, from study and obedience, can learn to rejoice in what God provides and requires.
Jesus gave himself to make a new relationship possible are you willing to give yourself to make that relationship a reality.