New Meaning for the New Covenant

| 10/28/2013 3:39:00 PM

After 50 years of reading Bible passages and listening to others read and discuss the book, the story of Jesus of Nazareth has suddenly become stunningly, blindingly relevant to me. Here was a spiritual savior whose principal lesson was the voluntary sacrifice of his own life for the good of others. He said, explicitly, that the only path to God was through his example. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”[i]

And His example is the voluntary sacrifice of his own life for a greater good.

Jay Takes Flight

Jesus even acknowledged our direct, intimate connection to future generations and the web of life, a connection that is consummated in death. At the Last Supper on the night before His execution, He served bread and wine to the disciples who would carry his message forward. Breaking the bread he said “This is my body given for you; do this is in remembrance of me.” Even more pointedly he said, serving the wine, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”[ii]

And so God invites us to share in this New Covenant, to give our own flesh and blood for the good of future generations. It seemed, as I read those words, that Jesus was speaking directly to a human dilemma now at the forefront of our consciousness 20 centuries after his death. We have proven that our technology can push cultures aside and extinguish life forms if they don’t support our expansion and prosperity. We can alter God’s creation until it seems to be almost purely a reflection of human dominance and the human ego.

1/3/2014 3:25:40 AM

Hi, I agree with you that God did introduce a new covenant through Jesus Christ, but I think that Jesus made a perfect sacrifice to be a ransom payment for Adam (the first perfect human). It was a once and for all time event. We now have the hope of looking forward to living in an earthly paradise, ruled with perfect justice by Jesus. Self sacrifice for the sake of others is a good thing. We live in a unique time just before God passes judgement on sinful humans. What we do now will change our future forever. It's our choice which side of the fence we sit on.

1/2/2014 9:14:45 PM

Veronica and Dana are correct in what they say. For regwinters, you have not found the ability to discover truth. If any other religious figure or book were mentioned here, there may have been another outcome. The moment Jesus or the Holy Bible is mentioned, eyebrows raise and tempers flair. The earth is the topic of this magazine and is also one of Gods jewels of creation aside from man himself.

10/31/2013 5:57:37 PM

What is an article about a "sky fairy" doing in Mother Earth News? If this sort of stuff starts appearing in the printed magazine I'll have to cancel my 20 + year subscription.

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