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Mediator of a New Covenant

Sun, Sep 05, 2021
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Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. - Hebrews 9:15 (ESV) Let’s take a test. Take a few minutes to read through the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-21). Give yourself a grade on how well you have done them this week. Did you pass? In case you might be unclear about the depths and details of the commands, check out Jesus’ explanation on the Commandments (Matthew 5:17-30). After that did you grade go up or down? Unfortunately, God has never graded on a curve. This exam is more of a pass/fail. And the passing grade is 100%. After that clarification how did you do? If you answer that you failed, you are beginning to understand the depth of your fallenness and separation from God. How do we overcome this impossible barrier to God? We don’t just need help. We need a proxy. We need someone who will take the exam for us...or we need a different kind of exam. This week we'll look at Christ’s place as our mediator of a different and better exam (or covenant). This covenant is costly and difficult just like the old exam. But it is also fundamentally different and lasting. I’d like to encourage you to take a few minutes to read through Hebrews 9 to set your heart and mind for worship on Sunday at 10AM. We will be talking about Jesus’ work and how it fulfills and goes beyond the law. And we will be considering what that means for us. On a personal note: I want to say a BIG thank you for your kindness and words of appreciation through the kind words, party, cards, and gifts. We were very touched by all of it. It is a blessing to be called your pastor. And we look forward to many years ahead of fruitful ministry. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the email for the details of what is happening around Hope.
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