Our scripture this morning is Hebrews 8:6-10.

“But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises. If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. But when God found fault with the people, he said: “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 led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them, says the Lord. But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

God has reached out to us in many ways since the Creation. In Jesus we have received God’s greatest gift, the presence of His only son to better show us His love. Now, we are entrusted with His ministry, called to share the love of God with all His children.

From the beginning, God has intended us to be in close relationship with Him. Sadly, we broke off that connection when we fell into sin. When we choose our own ways over the love of God, it pushes us further away from Him.

However, God loved us so much He was not willing to leave us in our fallen state. Jesus came to show us that we were not forsaken and that our relationship with God and each other could be restored by our confession and repentance. Living into the New Covenant of Christ makes us right with God again and empowers us to be His messengers to everyone.

Gracious God, we are sorry for the times we have failed. Grant us Your forgiveness and by Your spirit we will carry the Good News to the world. Amen.

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