Beth Eden Baptist Church
Dr. Craig M. Jenkins, Pastor
Jesus Seals the New Covenant
Mark 15:6-15, 25- 26, 33-39
Lesson 2 June 9, 2019
Jesus was crucified—killed because of His ministry and what it and He stood for. The Jewish leaders who wanted Him killed were envious of who He said He was (Mark 15:10 KJV) and upset because He would not bow down to their authority as others would.
No doubt they thought with Him out of the way, things would go back to normal. How did that thinking work out for them? In reality, they only contributed to the fulfillment of prophecy and Jesus got what God's will commanded: His sacrifice on the cross was made to atone for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2).
But the story didn't end there. Jesus was resurrected on the third day just as He promised (Mark 8:31). The new covenant was initiated as the prophecy from Jeremiah predicted 600 years before the coming of Christ to earth (Jeremiah 31:31, 33, 34). Thus Christianity was born out of the new covenant and 2000 years later we who are studying this lesson are here because of God's new covenant promise.
Through the new covenant, God's promise in John 3:16 cements our faith: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
By crucifying Jesus they made Him larger than life itself and the New Covenant was sealed by His death and resurrection. His accusers did not understand that Jesus is an eternal deity who cannot be done away with by their hands. They did not understand no one has the power to defeat God's will.
Based on First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, TN
Submitted by Donna Reed