A Greater Covenant — Aaron Klein
May 21, 2023

A Greater Covenant — Aaron Klein

Years ago, a TV game show called “Let’s Make A Deal” asked contestants to make a series of choices in hopes of ending up with the best possible prize. Over and over, contestants had to decide: Do I want to keep what’s in the box? Or do I want to trade it for the prize behind Door Number 2? Or should I take the cash in the host’s hand?

Audience members dressed in crazy outfits tried to grab the host’s attention. Everybody wanted a chance to participate and have a shot at winning. Some even drove away in a new car.

In Hebrews chapter 8, we find much the same. High priests are dressed in ornate outfits, with every piece having meaning. They participated in mediating between God and the people, and they offered gifts and sacrifices to make atonement for the people's sins. Though, in truth, I can’t imagine anyone driving away in a new chariot!

However, the author Hebrews seems to say God has a better deal. You can see clearly what is in your hand with the temple priests and practices, and you don’t have to guess what’s behind Door Number 2. God says that the new and better plan is Jesus! Verse 6 says, “But in fact, the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one since the new covenant is established on better promises.”

What the rest of the chapter reminds us of, however, is how this was always a part of God’s plan. God always intended this better “deal," this new covenant in Jesus. As a result, nobody has to be excluded or lose; we all are allowed the opportunity to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. May we all give thanks for the greatest prize of all - Jesus!

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