Jesus is the Teacher, but He’s much more! This Teacher dies for His students! This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
During the Last Supper, Jesus tells His students about a new covenant. A union with God in which His life is the basis of an unbroken relationship!
His perfect sacrifice, not our imperfect performance!
There can be no enduring accord with God that depends on our performance alone. There must be a covenant filled with grace! Didn’t we see that from the very beginning?
Adam and Eve’s relationship with God depended on their performance. And actually not much was required to maintain their part of the bargain. Just don’t eat the fruit of one tree!
How hard could that be? Apparently, difficult enough because they did not – could not - live up to it!
Next came the Law of Moses, with not one command but over 600 of them. Quite expectedly, nobody could keep all those either.
Surely, we are supposed to understand an entirely new kind of arrangement is needed. One that recognizes our inherent weakness! One that accounts for the fact we always break our side of any pact!
The prophets predicted and longed for such a relation with God. And now Jesus announces – It’s here! I’m here!
Jesus offers a relationship with God that is sustainable because He takes the punishment for our failures in advance. Now there is constant forgiveness even as we fail.
Finally! A covenant we can keep. Even energizes us to do our very best to please this Teacher!