What Is A Covenant? – Mark 14:1-26

From my reading in Mark 14:1-26 in the One Year New Testament.

At the first “Lord’s Supper” Jesus mentions how his blood confirms the covenant between God and people.

“This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many.” Mark 14:24

The Louw Nida Lexicon defines the term covenant here…

“to make a solemn agreement involving reciprocal benefits and responsibilities—‘to make a covenant, to covenant together, making of a covenant.”

A covenant it is an agreement between two parties promising commitment.

Marriage is a great human example of covenant.  Marriage is a promise of commitment and faithfulness between two people.

What is the Difference Between the Old and New Covenant?

Jesus’ blood was a symbol a “new covenant” between God and people. Pastor Mark Driscoll said this about the difference in the Old and New Covenant.

One noted theologian on the law said that the New Testament “clearly teaches that Christians are no longer under the law covenant instituted under Moses.” This is why, when the Bible speaks of the “old covenant” in comparison to the “new covenant,” it is showing us that we are no longer under the law and obligated to it. He goes on to explain, “Romans 10:4 asserts that Christ is the end of the law. . . . Christ is the goal to which the law points; and when the goal is reached, the law also comes to an end.” The entire book of Hebrews is in large part devoted to explaining how Jesus has brought an end to the old covenant law, which is why we do not need a high priest, temple, sacrificial system, and the like. Jesus is our High Priest, the presence of God, and the payment for sin.”

In summary the Old covenant required many ceremonial sacrifices and practices that are no longer needed because in the new covenant Jesus himself is the ultimate and only necessary sacrifice!

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