A New Covenant . . .
Jeremiah 31:31-34 NLT
“The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the LORD. “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” 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.
And 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.”
Reflection . . .
Advent is the anticipation and expectation of the fulfillment of this prophecy from Jeremiah. As the people of God were looking forward to its fulfillment in Jesus, so we look back on His incarnation (His coming into this human world and reality) with great anticipation. We celebrate that we can experience this new covenant personally. He has written on our hearts and put Himself deep within our beings.
He himself dwells in us through His Spirit. We can rejoice like Mary at the news of the promised Messiah. Jesus was conceived in her physically as a baby, but we too have the Messiah dwelling in us by faith. We experience this new covenant in a profound, life transformational way because its author dwells within us.