Day 304 – The Small Print
We’ve made it through Jesus’s trial, crucifixion and burial. An exhausting 24 hours to follow, but a day that changed history. It is completed.
I write as I’ve just completed another London Fashion Week (my 59th!) Five tiring days, and the fulfilment of months of preparation. All those who took part have their own stories to share and the newspapers, magazines, websites and social media carry endless coverage of what happened, debating that which was good, not so good and plain daft. Yet it all counts for little, if the clothes on show are not made, bought and worn.
Can you see the link? Jesus’s mission to Earth, His perfect life culminating in an undeserved death, will remain an episode of historical intrigue, reported on and debated ’til the cows come home – but no more – unless the events of that day, and their meaning in particular, are taken hold of and allowed to transform our lives. They will only take hold if we are clear just what happened that day.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. … For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:12,15
On that day, our eyes would have seen a man dying an excruciating death outside a city wall. That was the drama. But what of the underlying plot? That Mankind is steeped in sin and thus separated from God, hadn’t changed. That a penalty was payable to enable forgiveness and release, hadn’t changed. That God provided a way out for those who wanted to be restored to Him … hadn’t changed. That was the old covenant.
What HAD changed was that the banks of God’s love had burst and, rather than a limited repair job through the sacrifice of livestock, God had taken the bull by the horns, engineered the once and for all sacrifice of His son that would not need re-doing, and would cover everyone who would accept it, forever.
And there was more. It wasn’t just the blood of Jesus that was spilled on the ground that day. Because of that sacrifice, God’s very own lifeblood would shortly be poured out through the Holy Spirit, to purify and re-invigorate the lives of those who would accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord of their lives, enjoying restoration to a relationship with their Creator that had always been intended. This is the new covenant.
This was the small print of the events of those 24 hours. One thing more was needed, though, to ratify the new covenant. That glorious occasion comes next.