New Beginning

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Easter signifies a new covenant, a new beginning between God and man.

  • Jesus Introduces the new covenant1 Corinthians 11:25 – In the same manner He (Jesus)also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
  • Jeremiah prophesied about this new covenant – Jeremiah 31:31.
  • Melchizedek is a type of pre-incarnate Christ – Genesis 14:18-20Hebrew 7 – King of Salem (Jerusalem), having no beginning or end
  • And this covenant was to be established by one’s faith in God – Genesis 15:6 and Ephesians 2:8-10.

But before the new beginning can come, old things must end.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things (must) have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
  • But how? We must die to our old ways – 1 Corinthians 15:30-31 (KJV) – And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

This is rehearsal time.

  • This is the beginning of things to come – Matthew 24:7-8 (NKJV) – Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows (the pain of childbirth).
  • And many of us are missing the rehearsal – Daniel 5:27 (NKJV) – TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting;

It’s time for a reset.

  • And how do we allow God to reset us? We repent – Matthew 3:1-2, 8 (NKJV) – … John the Baptist came preaching … “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand … Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.”

We need to return to community with each other.

  • Communion is the antithesis of division – Luke 22:14-20 (NKJV) – When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. 15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

You (and me) need a Holy Spirit reboot.

 

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