SATURDAY: Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Christ is our New Covenant
Christ Jesus is the author of old and the new creation (Jn.1:1-5; Gal.4:4-5). In Christ Jesus, God renewed the whole of creation (2Cor.5:17). Not only did Christ redeem us from the Law (Gal.3:13), but through its cancellation, Christ facilitated our adoption as children of God (Gal.4:5) and made it possible to for us worship the Father in Spirit and in truth (Jn.4:21-24).
Christ Jesus is the ultimate revelation of the Father (Heb.4:1-4), he is the new and everlasting covenant (Mk.14:24). With his own blood Christ annulled the old covenant and instituted the new covenant (Heb.8:7-13); that was to fulfill a promise God made long ago through the Prophet Jeremiah 31:31-34 so that the human heart will be a shrine of God’s covenant, a reflection of faith and grace through which God is saving the world (Eph.2:8).
Always remember that as Christians, we live, we move and we have our being in Christ (Acts 17:28). Therefore, it is not the Law that we celebrate any longer as the new Israel of God. It is Christ that we celebrate in spirit and in truth throughout the length and breathe of the world. The Sabbath of the old Israel no longer exists. Christ Jesus is our sabbath. We celebrate Christ. We do not worship the Law. This is the gist of Christ’s saying: “The Son of Man is the master of the sabbath (Lk.6:5).”
It is against the background that Paul, in Colossians 1:21-23 admonished his audience to remain focus in Christ Jesus, pursue holiness, purity and blameless in a deep spirit of faith in Christ. Do not become drifters, vacillating between the old and the new covenant. Instead, be guided by faith and let grace be the hope of their salvation. This message is applicable to us, living today.
O God, I believe Jesus is my saviour and he is Lord of all things. Renew me in his love and in his precious blood.