Two Covenants

Ten Commandments, Christian Ministries Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas

I felt like I was home when we moved to Arkansas. Near our home are the stone tablets that bear the Ten Commandments. “Wow!” I thought. “This could not happen in many states in America.” However, I consider the Ten Commandments foundational to our faith. They are part of the Old Covenant. God wrote on stone tablets on Mt. Sinai and gave them to Moses to show the Israelites how to live God’s ways. However, He knew no one could completely keep the law so He required the sacrifice of animals for the forgiveness of sin. People had to go to the tabernacle or the temple and the priest sacrificed an animal first for his own sins and then the sins of the people. I’m sad that so many animals had to die for the sins of the people.

Jesus ushered in the second covenant. He, the Lamb of God, became the sacrifice, once for all, to take away our sin and grant forgiveness. Jesus died on the cross to save us from sin, death and Satan. An earthquake rocked the temple and the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place where the sacrifices were made was torn in two, top to bottom. This means that you and I have access to our God for the forgiveness of our sins and for help in times of trouble. He is our God and we are His people. We can worship and praise Him in the dark of night or the light of day. God is always available. We will never get a busy signal!

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The tomb could not hold Jesus. He rose from the grave and more than five hundred people witnessed His appearance following the resurrection and before Jesus ascended into Heaven. He promised He would prepare a place for us, and He would come back to take us (believers) to be where He is forever. Eternity is a long time. We have a choice. We can spend eternity with God by following Him or we can follow our own selfish ways and leave God out of our lives. When we leave Him out, we choose to be left out of heaven.


Holy Lord, I know you do not want anyone to perish outside your perfect plan. You sent Jesus to be our sacrifice, and whoever believes in Him will be saved from a horrible eternity. O Lord, open people’s eyes. Open their hearts to a new and awesome life with you. Thank you for your amazing love. Send your Spirit into this world to shine your light and pierce the darkness so people will know the truth, the truth that will set them free to love you in return. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Jesus and the Law

The Ten Commandments at Christian Ministries Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas

A young lawyer came to Jesus and asked Him, “Teacher, which is the greatest command in the Law?”

Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:36-39).

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus asked His followers, “Do you think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18).


It is impossible for us to keep the law on our own strength or ability. If we fail in one small point, we fail. Jesus was the only man to live perfectly within the law, and He knew we would fall short. He promised to help us through the Holy Spirit, the Counselor and Comforter. The key to receiving the Holy Spirit is to love God. Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey what I command” (John 14:15).


Heavenly Father I love you with all my heart, and I want to live my life pleasing to you. Please empower your Holy Spirit to work in me to accomplish all you have planned for me to do. Teach me to be more like Jesus. In His great name, I pray, Amen.