33“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34 NLT)
We will be talking about covenants Sunday as we partake in The Lord’s Supper together. We spend a great deal of time talking, of course, about what the elements mean, about how we do this in remembrance of Jesus and the sacrifices He made, and even how we should approach this ordinance with a contrite heart. This passage from Jeremiah, however, reminds us that the life and death and resurrection of Jesus is also the culmination of the story of Israel. The Christ is the capstone of Jewish history as He is also the cornerstone of our salvation. The scriptures teach us that Jesus is the “Author and perfector of our faith” – the faith of Abraham, David and Moses as well as the faith of the Bride of Christ, His church. The story of Jesus is as big as the story of all history.