Consider Jesus: Covenant Of The People

Let us continue to “consider Jesus.” (Heb. 3:1) 

Isa. 42:6“I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations”

Isa. 49:8“Thus says the LORD, “In a favorable time I have answered You, And in a day of salvation I have helped You; And I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people, To restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages”

The great hope of the New Testament relies on a covenant that is different from the one that the Jews had. The Old Law condemned them for their sins, but did not offer a way of complete pardon or forgiveness. So a new covenant was promised to take away their sins (ref. Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:7-13). Jesus not only brought us the new covenant, but He is the very embodiment of the covenant. He gave His life for it, and His blood brought in the covenant. “for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” (Matt. 26:28)