A new covenant? How did Jesus’ bloodshed establish a new covenant? Who are the parties? Why a new covenant? Could a previous covenant shed light on this one?
In the Ancient Near East, a national covenant defined who was in power. That’s what the Sinai covenant achieved: a people rescued from slavery became the first nation on earth to live under God’s reign, and the covenant that was celebrated with a meal (Exodus 24:7-11).
How did the new covenant establish God’s reign in Christ? What is it we’re proclaiming in this meal?
This podcast (27 minutes, from Riverview Joondalup 21 November 2021) is a mediation on a text we often hear read at Communion but rarely consider in detail.
Open 1 Corinthians 11:23–26.
- The covenant meal (1 Cor 11:23–26)
- My blood of the covenant (Mt 26:28)
- The good shepherd (John 10) (podcast)
Seeking to understand Jesus in the terms he chose to describe himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his mission). Riverview College Dean
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