Christ is Better

 

As a human we tend to want better things. When my grandmother makes fried biscuits I want the better biscuits. It seems like whatever we have we always are searching for better things. In the Old Testament, God promised His people that if they would keep His commandments, He would bless them. He promised that He would bless their crops and their flocks and that there would be no poor among them (Deuteronomy 7:13; 15:4). 

      Unfortunately nobody could keep His law. One of the reasons why Jesus came to this earth was to establish a better law. Hebrews 8:7 tells us that if the first covenant was perfect, why would we need a better covenant? The old covenant wasn’t perfect because it made no one perfect and it provided no way to be completely forgiven when they fell short and sinned. Instead it rolled their sins along, year by year. However God planned a better way, a more perfect way, to redeem mankind. Jesus is the better way. He said that He is the way, the truth, and the life and that nobody comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). God sent His best, Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. Through Jesus we can receive eternal life.

     Jesus is the better sacrifice. In the Old Testament, God told the Israelites to sacrifice an animal for his or her sins. However, an animal sacrifice was not good enough to completely cover their sins. People needed a better sacrifice to completely wash their sins away.

    The question was, what was the better sacrifice? The people needed a perfect sacrifice to be completely and permanently forgiven. God had to provide a perfect sacrifice. God provided Jesus. The main reason He came to this earth was to be that perfect sacrifice. He was just that. He never committed even one sin. He lived a perfect life. Nothing but the blood of Jesus could permanently wash away our sins.

    We need to always remember that it took a greater love than we can imagine to make the sacrifice that he made. On that great day when he died to take away our sins, He endured more pain than we could ever imagine. It was horrible pain that He suffered before He died, and He did it willingly. This took a love that is greater than any other love than anyone else has ever had. He loved us with a better, greater love than has ever been on this earth.

    We need to ask ourselves: what should I do to show how much I love Him for what He did for me? I must put Him first in my life, always. I must serve Him the very best I can all the days of my life. Nothing less will do.