Devotion - March 27, 2015
"This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
No Contract Necessary
Let’s say you want a new, top-of-the-line mobile phone. You don’t have the money to buy it, but the company selling it wants your business. So they make you a deal. They will let you have the phone if you agree to pay for it and the use of it over the course of two years. If you fail to make a payment or if you back out of the deal early, you must pay a penalty.
We would rather not enter into a contract like that, but many of us have no choice.
Something else we want, even more than a phone, is to be loved. But friends forsake, spouses betray, parents disappoint, and children turn away. Only God’s love is perfect, and he wants us to have it.
Here’s the amazing deal: God doesn’t coldly offer us a bi-lateral contract which we will resent later. If we think that mobile phone contracts are stringent, God’s legal stipulations would be impossible. You see, in order to earn God’s perfect love, God’s law says that you must be perfect. But we are completely corrupted by sin. A loving relationship with God based on a two-sided contract is impossible for us.
So instead, God offers us his love through a unilateral covenant. To show us just how much he loves us and how much he wants to share his love with us, God makes a one-sided promise: he meets the requirements for us and pays the penalty for our failures. The God-Man, Jesus, gave God the perfect obedience he demands. And he paid our penalty, once for all, by his death on the cross. Jesus’ blood, shed on the cross, sealed the deal. His blood signs the covenant that holds us in an unbreakable bond with God.
Believe it, and rejoice to be counted as a forgiven child of God. And if you are in doubt of God’s love for you, come to the Lord’s Supper. There, God assures you of his love as you receive, together with the bread and wine, the very body and blood that Jesus offered on the cross for your forgiveness.