In Matthew 26:27-28, Jesus had taken a cup and given thanks, and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”

The disciples have a lot going through their minds at the current moment. They were dealing with Jesus saying He was going to die and trying to figure out who was going to betray Jesus. They were missing a very important point though. The same point they were missing, many of us miss it too. In Exodus 24:6-8, blood was used to establish the covenant between God and the nation of Israel for the giving of the Law. The “Old Covenant” came into effect. However, now Jesus is freeing all who would believe in Him from the “Old Covenant” to a new and better covenant through His own blood. This covenant does not rely on man’s effort to draw near to God but rather God’s effort to draw near to us. Jesus was trying to prepare the disciples but their minds were somewhere else. For certain Pharisee-minded folks, they should print the 613 laws and use them as a checklist to judge their peers. It is time that we all enter into the New Covenant. We must let go of the old garment and the old wine skins and embrace the new ones. Moses broke the stone tablets as soon as the law was written when he saw the children of Israel already breaking half of the first ten commandments already. That was a sign of God’s grace. Jesus went to the cross as our stone tablets of the Law that were broken for our sake. However, remember not a bone was broken in the body of Christ as He was nailed to the cross. The New Covenant cannot be broken. Let us live and encourage each other to live and love in and through the New Covenant established by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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