Sermon: “Don’t Shrink Back!” from Dan Mitchum

Dan Mitchum - May 15, 2022

The New Covenant

How much weight can you lift? Wanting to increase his strength, a guy joined a local gym. He tried one of those machines where you pull down a set of handlebars attached to a stack of weights. The weight he wanted to lift wouldn’t budge. So, he tried harder. Nothing. He redoubled his efforts, but nothing happened. Just as he was about to give up, a muscle-bound guy pointed out that the pin was mistakenly set at 500 pounds! Tomorrow, we’ll learn the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. The Old Covenant was about obeying the Ten Commandments and keeping the Old Testament sacrificial system. But the Old Covenant was like that weight machine. We think we can lift the weight of obeying God—that we can be good enough for God. But when the time comes for the sustained, heavy lifting of daily obedience, we can't budge the burden. The New Covenant is all about the weight Jesus lifted for us. As our Great High Priest, Jesus did for us what we could have never done for ourselves.

Scripture References: Hebrews 8:1-13

From Series: "Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER"

The overall message of Hebrews is JESUS IS GREATER. Greater than what? Jesus is greater than everything! The early Christians needed to be reminded of the supremacy of Christ over all people and things.

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