The eternal covenant
Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood. Hebrews 13:20 NLT
The life God promised to those who trusted Him as Lord and Savior is eternal. Life here on earth is short but life in heaven is forever. This everlasting life was through the New Covenant, “‘The day is coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant… I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people’” (Jeremiah 31:31-34). The promise of the New Covenant was based not in the blood of animal sacrifices but through the atoning blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This covenant is eternal for the sacrifice that was made by Christ was final. It will never be replaced for His sacrifice was not only ratified by His death but also by His resurrection. He is our Great Shepherd and without Him we will be lost. In fact, Jesus took on to Himself the role of a Shepherd and pronounced that when He is crucified at the cross, all those who promised to follow Him will be scattered, “‘On the way, Jesus told them, ‘All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered’” (Mark 14:27). Our Great Shepherd did not only gather us so we will belong to His flock but He also tends us so that our lives will give Him glory. This means that we will not settle for a mediocre life but will aspire to give God our best for that is what He deserves. This is the challenge that was brought to us when we surrendered our lives to Christ. This is the foundation of our Christian life; the peace that comes from Him, the eternal covenant we have with Him, and the assurance that we have a Great Shepherd who looks after us. This great foundation that we have should move us to live for His Name and His glory. Since life is short in this side of eternity let us make sure that we will take every opportunity living out His purpose.