April 27, 2015

Our New Covenant

Having grown up as a Jewish kid on the east coast, people often ask me when did I “convert” to Christianity? Understand that there really is no conversion. Some people like to call it being a “completed Jew”. I tend to think of it more as a progression.

One can never stop being Jewish. Being Jewish is not only a set of religious beliefs, but it’s also a nationality, almost like a race. Besides, we have a very rich heritage and history. When people ask me what is my nationality, I tell them I’m Jewish American. When they ask me what is my religion, I tell them Jewish by heritage, Christian by faith! I remind my Jewish friends and family members that Jesus himself was Jewish and His disciples were all Jewish as was the apostle Paul.

And it was the Old Testament Jewish Prophet Jeremiah who first spoke of God’s promise of the coming New Covenant, when he wrote:

“The time is coming” declares the Lord “when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant…declares the Lord.” – Jer. 31: 31-32

You see, that was the problem with that first covenant. It became a broken covenant.

And the prophet continues:

“This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts” – Jer. 31: 33a

That first covenant was written on tablets of stone. This New Covenant is written on the tablets of our hearts!

“I will be their God and they will be my people” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more!” – Jer. 31: 33b, 34

This brief, yet exciting passage from Jeremiah is one of my very favorite scriptures as it provides a clear link to my Jewish Heritage and our Christian faith. Please share it with any Jewish friends and family members.

On a more personal note, please accept my ongoing sincere gratitude for allowing me the amazing privilege of serving here at Cornerstone. I love you all!

Pastor Jeff


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