Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 51:1-12, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33
The Scriptures presented this week show how we have entered a new covenant with God. Prior to this covenant, God showed little mercy to those who sinned. After He delivered His people from Egyptian bondage, He asked for devout loyalty to Him through praise and living a sin-free life.
However, He knew that His creation was falling short of that high mark, thus He made a sacrifice so that all could believe and seek redemption through His sacrifice. That sacrifice was His son, Jesus. Jesus came to us in the flesh to die, rise again and prepare a place for us all in Heaven, closer to God. Jesus was also given the charge to intervene to help God forgive our sins and receive His grace and mercy.
We, however, have to show our gratitude for that sacrifice in our daily lives. We have to cleanse our hearts and seek God's forgiveness of our own volition. We have to be followers of the light in our daily walk on this earth. If we do not do this, we will be lost in the darkness that continues to rule this world. We will be sucked up in earthly gains while losing our very soul.
As stated before, the favor of God is more important than life itself. We must constantly circumscribe ourselves to this premise. If we do not, we will not have the strength to overcome any trials that will come our way. We will suffer needlessly because our faith will not be replenished and renewed.
We must seek forgiveness daily. We cannot take our blessing for granted. God have given us the advantage in seeking eternal life with Him, as well as a modicum of peace on earth, especially in our own households. As we draw closer to celebrating Easter Sunday, we must recommit ourselves to be children of the light. We must seek forgiveness thus cleansing our hearts. We must be vigilant and faithful to perform the calling God has for us, no matter what obstacles may cross our path.
When the Psalmist asks for a right spirit to be renewed within him, he is asking for God to guide his path and help him on this mortal journey. In order the receive what is rightfully ours, we all must humble ourselves in this manner.
God showed no greater love for us than to offer His son as a sacrifice so that we could benefit completely from His new covenant. Let us properly celebrate Easter Sunday by fulfilling our end of the agreement.