Matthew 26:28 (NLT)
28 for this is my blood, which confirms the [new] covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.
Interesting that Christ had to remind people of what the prophecies had said. Kind of like today. And another covenant. Yet another time God committed to his people, but this time it was more that the Jews – we were all included. For the first time since Genesis when the Lord separated everyone into different languages everywhere in the world.
Romans 5:6 (NLT)
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
And the sad thing is how we rejected Him before Christ came, how we rejected Him when he came, and how we continue to reject Him today. Yet, we who know Christ know the hope we have. I see the helplessness and hopelessness every week in the jail. It doesn’t look like it many times – it looks like bravado and indomitable force – but I know it’s not. The bravado and force are broken people struggling to survive. Fortunately, “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners” still works for us today.
John 14:8-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.”