My old laptop was supposed to be the best one on the market, but after only two years it was barely limping me through the projects I desperately needed to finish. The programs I needed would frequently crash, so I’d have to repeatedly reopen them to finish my job.
There’s nothing worse than when things don’t work like they are supposed to. I was ready to get rid of the old and bring in the new!
The first covenant (or agreement) God made with his people was also faulty. It didn’t work properly because they consistently rejected God and refused to obey Him. As a result, the relationship broke down and God knew He needed to get rid of the old and bring in the new:
‘The old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. For the law never made anything perfect’ – Hebrews 7:18
God wanted to give His people a better hope. He wanted to give them a hope that no longer relied on the old broken down system, but a hope that allowed them to truly draw near to God. Instead of a priest entering the temple year after year to ‘restart’ the program every time it broke down or crashed, God introduced a completely new system:
‘[Jesus] did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal… But now, once for all time, he has appeared to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice’ (9:25-26)
With one act of loving sacrifice, Jesus opened up a better hope for those who want to draw near to Him:
‘Now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God’ (7:19)
With one act of generous sacrifice, my work life also completely changed. Right when I needed it the most, I was given a brand new Mac Book Pro that I could never have afforded at the time, which has served me well for the last seven years. I now have a better hope, as I no longer need to repeatedly restart the computer to finish a job!
Never set your hope in the old system that is based on what you can do for God, but set your heart on a better hope, by putting your trust in what Jesus has done for you!