Abandoning the Better

Who trades in a brand new Porsche for a used three-speed bicycle? What sane person moves out of his newly constructed, posh condominium so he can live in a pup tent on the front lawn? What rational human being abandons Jesus Christ and His gospel so he can return to the Law of Moses?

Not only does Jesus outrank the angels and Moses, His high priesthood is vastly superior to the Aaronic high priesthood of the Old Testament and His perfect sacrifice is immensely better than those made under the Law of Moses (see yesterday’s blog).

These truths do no exhaust all that the writer of Hebrews points out as better about Christ and His new covenant.

There is a better hope (Hebrews 7:19). A Jew could only look wishfully for the coming Messiah and the blessings He could provide. A Christian looks thankfully at the Messiah who came and the blessings He does provide.

Jesus’ new covenant is a better covenant (Hebrews 7:22). He whose blood inaugurated the new covenant is also the One who continues forever as the surety of it.

This new and better covenant was established on better promises (Hebrews 8:6). The blessings of mercy upon the sinner’s unrighteousness and absolute forgiveness of his sins and lawless deeds (Hebrews 8:12) are far superior to the Old Testament’s annual reminder of sins on the Day of Atonement (Hebrews 10:3).

Better hope. Better covenant. Better promises.

God truly has “provided something better for us” (Hebrews 11:40).

Why would anyone surrender the superior for the inferior, the Porsche for the bicycle, the condo for the pup tent?

Beware of abandoning the better!

   Send article as PDF   

Author: jchowning

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *