By Pastor Doug Rokke   American Lutheran Church, La Porte City

New Thoughts for a New Year: A New Covenant

“Behold the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”    ~ Jeremiah 31:31

These words were originally spoken to Israel at a terrible time in their history. The Babylonians had descended upon their nation. Jerusalem had been destroyed and people were being taken off to exile in Babylon. Everything seemed hopeless and it appeared that God had abandoned them. Yet in the midst of their most difficult hour Jeremiah offered a word of hope and promise to the people. He spoke to tell them that God would make a new covenant with the people.It wouldn’t be like the old one that they broke, but in the new covenant he would put his law within them and all would know the Lord from the least of them to the greatest.
As Christians we believe this new covenant is found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For not only did Jesus bring in the new era of God’s covenant when he came to earth, but he continues to renew that covenant with each of us. As we turn to him for help in life, when we ask for forgiveness and a new start, or as we look forward to the new life to come; in all these ways God continues to make a new covenant with us through Jesus Christ.
May you see how God is working to make a new covenant with you in this season and throughout your lives.