|Minister's Letter - December 2016|
|Rev Peter Cornick|
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel … I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
(Jeremiah 31: 31-33)
A ‘covenant’ is a promise. The Bible is full of God making ‘covenants’ with the people, promising to love them; seeking justice and peace for them. The people tend to forget their side of the covenant! They forget to love and serve God in return. So God makes a ‘new covenant’. What if the ‘covenant’ were somehow imprinted on the minds of people; etched in their hearts; perhaps then they – we – wouldn’t forget! The Covenant Service, this year taking place on 1st January, is a moment to commit ourselves once again to God and to seek to be more faithful followers of Jesus.
'I am no longer my own but yours …
let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing:’
(Methodist Covenant Service)
But consider: Christmas is a ‘new covenant’ too. God comes to us in the person of Jesus, writing the law of love, justice and peace into the mind and heart of a human baby, born of Mary. And it is Jesus in his life, death and resurrection who shows us how to keep this ‘covenant’. The child, born in stable bare, has nothing and is empty; yet he has all things; ‘full of grace and truth’ (John 1: 14).
The Christmas child, the ‘new covenant’, is Jesus.