Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:13 (NIV) Now why does Peter say, “Rejoice…that you participate in the sufferings of Christ?” Because if you share in his sufferings, you will also share in his glory (4:13). Christ was despised and rejected in this world, but now...
“The Lord our God made a covenant with us…” Deuteronomy 5:2
What hope did the people have of getting into the Promised Land? And what hope is there for us? Where can we find the power for a fresh start?
In Deuteronomy 5, we see something wonderfully strange: “Moses summoned all Israel and said to them…‘The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb’” (5:1-2). Now the people might be thinking, “Moses, don’t you remember? Most of us weren’t born at Horeb, and the rest of us were just little children!”
Moses says, “I know most of you weren’t born when God came down at Sinai, but I’m telling you, God made a covenant with us!” Then Moses declares this amazing truth: “Not with our fathers did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive today” (5:3).
God made a covenant of grace before we were born and it is for us. The covenant is that he will redeem sinners like us for himself through his Son. This covenant is not written on tablets of stone; it is sealed in the blood of Jesus Christ.
There’s a man hanging on a cross and he is the Son of God. His body is being torn. His blood is being poured out. And he says, “My body is given for you. A new covenant is sealed in my blood, which is poured out for the forgiveness of your sins.” The power for a fresh start is found in the covenant God has made with us.
Do you see how God has provided a fresh start for you, before you were born, in the new covenant of his Son?