6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.
What is your favorite modern invention? Typically, we view the most significant inventions as those that meet a need and/or enable us to do what we cannot do on our own. God “invented” the New Covenant to meet our need. We are unable to keep the law on our own. Only Christ can remove our sins and transform us. Through faith in Him, we can begin to live a life that demonstrates righteousness.
God knew we needed a new way to remain in relationship with Him. As was His plan from the beginning, when the time was right, He provided a better covenant through Jesus’ ministry. This ministry is superior to human priests because human priests offered animal sacrifices for people’s sins; Christ offered His life as a perfect once-and-for all sacrifice on behalf of sinful humanity.
It’s important to note, if Jesus didn’t have to die to save us, He wouldn’t have. However, the Old Covenant was faulty. It did not and could not meet the needs of sinful humans. It could reveal sin but not remove it. Left to our own abilities, we are unable to obey the law, or to ever remain in a right relationship with God. The old law, dependent on human goodness, could not save people. Only Jesus can. His sacrifice was an absolute necessity to usher in God’s greatest “invention”—the new covenant.
• If Christ’s ministry is “much more excellent” than the old, then why do people still relate to God as if they can earn His favor through good works?
• Are you looking for something “new” from God? How can you remind yourself of the fullness of what He’s already given to you in His New Covenant?
• Thank Jesus that He is better than anything you could do or attain apart from Him. Invite God to remind you daily the blessing you have received in Jesus’ New Covenant ministry and ask Him to give you opportunities to share it with others.