“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
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,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” –Jeremiah 31:33-34
“In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” –Luke 22:20
I think it’s difficult for us to comprehend what it would have been like to live in Ancient Israel. God was accessible, but yet separated from His people. Faith was wrapped up in systems and places and laws meant to help them recognize His holiness and their sinfulness. They understood their need for a Savior perhaps more than we do.
I have had times (many times) when I felt like God was distant or that His forgiveness was out of reach. But yet, regardless of my feelings, I have known that God’s presence was in fact near.
The Messiah brought a connection with God not simply through our behaviors but through our hearts.
Jesus changed everything.
Jesus Messiah, thank you for bringing Your Word to our hearts. Help us recognize You and feel You with us not just at church, but at every moment throughout our weeks. May we seek the miraculous gift of Your forgiveness whenever we need it. Bring Your promise to fruition: that everyone, from the least to the greatest, may know Your presence and Your love. Amen.
Christmas Changes Everything – Josh Wilson
“Now God has met us where we are A thrill of hope for hopeless hearts…
O Christmas changes everything.”
Noticing Immanuel: a series for Advent. Each day starts with noticing: a picture of an everyday Christmas moment. That picture leads to a verse, a meditation, a prayer, and a song. My hope is that when we see those Christmas moments a second time, they will strike us differently. That we might feel the presence of Immanuel this Christmas season, whether we are sitting in quiet or moving in chaos.