All Shall Know Me, Says the LORD
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD. I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people…All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34)
Christ Jesus, by the shedding of His Precious Blood, has ushered in a new kind of Covenant with God. Normally the blood of a spotless lamb would seal the agreement between two parties. Jesus changes this arrangement by being both parties in the agreement. In His Divinity, He is God; in His Humanity, He represents all human persons in relationship with God. He is also the Lamb of sacrifice. Jesus is the New Covenant. By taking our part upon Himself, Jesus has won for us the satisfaction of our debt to God. By the shedding of His Blood, Jesus has washed away our sins and restored us to union with His Heavenly Father. Our debt has been paid, and He remembers our sins no more.
As we approach Holy Week, and especially as we read the accounts of Jesus’ Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, let us bear in mind the gratitude we owe to Jesus for His tremendous self-gift. Saint Peter, quoting the Prophet Isaiah, beautifully sums up the reason for our gratitude to Jesus: “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps…he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed..” (1 Peter 2:21,24)
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn