“So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.[a] He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. 12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.” (Hebrews 9:11-12).
We have a new and better covenant. Under the old covenant, for more than a 1000 years, every year without fail Israel sacrificed the passover lamb and sprinkle the blood on the alter. But the day Jesus hung on the cross, He became the passover Lamb and His blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat in the heavenly tabernacle as the seal of the New Covenant.
When two families or parties decided to enter into a covenant relationship, part of the ceremony included a blood sacrifice of at least, two or three large animals. The animals were split into two halves from the backbone and set opposite each other. These animals will generate a pool of blood, and that pool will be become like an “alley way or walk way” between the animal halves. This walk path is customarily called “the walk way of blood.”
The two representatives of the two families will walk through this walk way of blood twice, and then, they will both stand in the middle of it. By this act they were signifying and saying to each other, “Even in the midst of death, I will stand with you.” And whilst still in the midst of the walk way, they will then make “Irrevocable Promises” to each other, blessing their union. Also, they will state the “Curses” should either of them break the terms of the covenant.
The covenant will then be sealed by a “Cut.” Each representative’s wrist will be cut, they will then tie the two wrists together so that the two representatives blood will mingle together. The cut on the wrist is sealed with gunpowder or something more powerful so that the scar mark or “Cut” remains vivid and stand as a reminder that cannot be erased from the body.
This was the kind of Covenant relationship God cut with Abraham in (Genesis 15:9-21) under the old covenant. God’s motivation and ultimate plan for entering into covenant relationship with Abraham was so that through his SEED (Jesus Christ), God will redeem and bless the human race. (Genesis 22:18).
And so, When Jesus hung on the cross and shed His blood, He did not only save us from sin, He also established a New Covenant with God on our behalf.
- Under the New Covenant Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb slain for us
- Under the old covenant only the priest could enter the holies of holy. But now under the New Covenant, the Bible says in Hebrews 10: 20, we now have a “New and living way”, Jesus has created the new walk way of holiness with the Blood that poured from the cuts on His body. With His blood Jesus has created the way for us to enter the holy place, we have direct access to the very presence of God. By the blood of Christ we can now approach the throne room of grace and obtain mercy in the time of need! (Hebrews 4:16).
- Jesus became our representative, the mediator between us and God (1 John 2:1) in the midst of that “walk way of blood.” And not only was He our representative (as the new Adam), He was also the representative of God, as the Son of God.
- The vivid scar of the old covenant was the circumcision of every male child. Jesus body became mired with scourge and stripes from beating, His whole body was marked with “cuts” and the nail prints on His hands and feet bear the scar as an everlasting remembrance of the New Covenant
- In covenant relationships, blessings and curses were pronounced. (Deuteronomy 28). But under the New Covenant Christ has redeemed us from the curse. Jesus took the curse on Himself on the cross (Galatians 3:13-14). And the curse under the old covenant has been replaced with a new commandment, to LOVE (John 13:34)
- The last customary act between two parties entering into covenant relationship was to have a “covenant meal” of bread and wine in celebration of the union. At the last supper Jesus became the “Covenant Meal”, His Body, the Bread and His Blood, the Wine. And so every time we “Take Communion” we can remember and celebrate the New Covenant cut for us with the body and blood of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:26-28)
Under the terms of the New Covenant God has made Himself one with us. All that we have belong to God and all that God has belong to us. Under the term of the New Covenant, as joint heirs with Christ, we have inherited all the promises made to Abraham. And we can access the benefits of these blessings by faith in Jesus Christ
In the next coming days, I will be sharing through my blog posts ten specific covenant benefits laid on my heart by the Holy Spirit. I pray that we will walk in the revelation and anointing of these covenant blessings in Jesus name.
Prayer Confession: Lord Jesus thank you for redeeming my life with your precious blood. I repent and renounce sin and curses in my life. I surrender all that I am and all that I possess to you. Father, thank you for making me a partaker of your blessings. I am redeemed from the curse. I declare by faith in Jesus name, Abraham’s blessings are mine. My life, family, possessions and the labour of my hands are all blessed. I walk in this revelation by the anointing of the Holy Spirit in my life. In Jesus name. Amen.
Reflection: ” When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” (John 15:10-12).
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