27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
A covenant is an agreement between two parties, and the covenant between man and God has been signed by the blood of Jesus. This is no simple handshake deal; this deal has been signed by the very lifeblood of Jesus when He went to the Cross.
In our culture, contracts are easily negated. The court system is full of companies and persons that break contracts. We have all learned since we were children this way of the world of contractual law: contracts are only an inconvenience to doing what we presently want to do. I often wonder where honor is among men who make such promises. But the covenant of God is more than the legal, business, and social contracts of our culture, for this covenant has been sealed with the very blood of God.
The forgiveness of men is absolute, and it has been signed in good faith by the author of the contract. This is not a contract like a marriage or business dealing that can be negated and void, because the price that was paid is too high for that. No, this covenant is signed and sealed by the Creator of the universe and Grace mandates that it is never going to be nullified.
Today, the Cross calls us to follow Jesus out of our slavery to sin and death and into the desert toward the Promised Land -- relationship with Him. As we get closer to celebrating Easter, let’s remember that the empty tomb has significance because of the contract that was signed by blood; and when we see that tomb, we should know that the covenant is still valid today.