Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:1-18
Observation: Paul makes it clear his ministry is for one reason – Jesus alone. His validation isn’t a written letter of recommendation but rather witnessing lives changed by the Good News. He goes on to describe the new covenant made through the death of Christ Jesus. When we turn to him, we find freedom.
Application: I love new things. (Don’t we all?!) I was the nerdy girl on the first day of school who could spend hours basking in the “newness” of everything – new notebooks, new binders, new pens, all filled with new possibilities and opportunities. Eventually, they’d be filled with notes and equations, my sad attempts at doodling, a few notes between friends, but for those first few days, they were all filled with the pure potential of what was to come.
The new covenant, the one made with us through the death of Christ Jesus, is full of the same freshness and potential – except its appeal will never dull and its newness will never be compromised.
The old covenant, the one God made with Moses, was constantly broken by the people and led only to death. Their sinful nature kept them from God’s best for them.
But, then came Jesus – and he solved all of that.
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (verse 17-18)
The veil is torn – which means we have direct access to the King of King and Lord of Lords.
In him, we find freedom.
In him, we can see the glory of God.
In his image, we can become more Christlike.
The old is gone; the new is here. And the new, just like fresh new school supplies yet infinitely more valuable, brings everlasting life.
Prayer: God, I pray we’ll never take Jesus for granted. The new covenant with him is full of life and love and hope. I praise you that I no longer have to be stuck in my own sin but can freely receive grace, share your glory, and have everlasting life. Amen.