Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 32:40
At Easter we commemorate the new and everlasting covenant established in the Blood of the Lamb. In his Easter reflection St. John Chrysostom declares: “Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again, for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let none fear death, for the death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it. He spoiled the power of hell when he descended thereto. Isaiah foretold this when he cried, ‘Death has been frustrated in meeting him below!’ It is frustrated, for it is destroyed. It is frustrated, for it is annihilated. It is frustrated, for now it is made captive. For it grabbed a body and discovered God. It took earth and behold! It encountered Heaven. It took what was visible, and was overcome by what was invisible. O Death, where is your sting? O Death, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and the demons are cast down. Christ is risen, and life is set free. Christ is risen, and the tomb is emptied of the dead.” Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!” With Easter our victory is guaranteed, we are sure to overcome all the evils and pains that afflict us in this world. If the Father could not abandon His Son in the grave, then we are sure in and through Jesus Christ that God will never abandon us in our various lifeless and grave conditions; for our God is a Covenant Keeping God. He is a Covenant-Keeping God who is willing and more than able to do everything He has promised. Whatever He says He will do, He will surely do. He has never failed, and He will never fail.
A story was told of the 1989 Armenian earthquake that took only four minutes to flatten a large part of the nation and killed about thirty thousand people. Immediately after the earthquake a father ran to the elementary school to save his son. As he arrived, he saw that the building has been leveled. Looking at the mass of stones and rubbles, he remembered a promised he had made to his child that “no matter what happens always, I will be there for you.” Driven by his promise, he found the area closest to his son’s room and began to pull back the stones and rubbles. Someone close to him, told him, “it’s too late, and they are dead by now, take heart.” Even a security man standing by tried to prevent him from continuing the search, but he refused and persisted. After thirty-eight hours of digging and pulling back the stones, he heard his son’s voice. He called out his boy’s name “Arman! Arman!! Arman!!!!” a dying voice responded “Dad it’s me, thank you dad for keeping to your promise that, “no matter what happens, I will always be there for you.”
Dear friends, if a mortal could go to such extent to keep his promise with his son, then you can imagine the extent the Lord, (who cannot and has never failed) would go to fulfill His covenant of an everlasting love with you. In Psalm 89:34, God says, “I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered” (NIV). Psalm 105:8 declares “He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations.” If God could not break the covenant of old with Abraham and Moses that were established by the blood of bulls and ewes, how much more will God fulfill His new and everlasting covenant established in the Blood of Jesus His only begotten Son. Having been purchased by the Blood of Jesus, we are equal to the Blood; we are valuable to God as the Blood of His only begotten Son. We are precious as the Blood of Jesus. We are dear to the Father as the Blood of Jesus. So by our worthily intake of the blood of the new and everlasting covenant, we shall become eternal as the Blood of Jesus is eternal. Beloved in Christ you are purchased at a very high price and so the Father places very high value on you. If only you can patiently cast your entire burdens on Jesus in faith, He will surely take care of you, by fulfilling all the promises made to you.
- Thank you Father for your assurance to me that you will bring to fulfillment every promise you made to me and every favorable declaration that has been pronounced upon my life must come to pass in the name of Jesus Amen.
- Lord, you are the source of my blessings. I choose blessings by walking in your covenant.
- By the power of the covenant of Jesus at Calvary, let every evil covenant in my life and in the life of my family be nullified in the name of Jesus.
- Lord you are the Father of light and you give good gifts. Release your gifts into my life.(James.1:17)
Exercise: Take the prayer of “Terminating Satanic Covenant,” on page 25 (Take seriously.)
Memory verse: Luke 22:20