So lets look at the covenant making ceremony from a new perspective. The New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant.
Hebrews 7:22 This makes Jesus the guarantee of a far better way between us and God-one that really works! A new covenant.
Hebrews 8:6 But Jesus’ priestly work far surpasses what these other priests do, since he’s working from a far better plan.7 If the first plan-the old covenant-had worked out, a second wouldn’t have been needed.8 But we know the first was found wanting, because God said, Heads up! The days are coming when I’ll set up a new plan for dealing with Israel and Judah.9 I’ll throw out the old plan I set up with their ancestors when I led them by the hand out of Egypt. They didn’t keep their part of the bargain, so I looked away and let it go.10 This new plan I’m making with Israel isn’t going to be written on paper, isn’t going to be chiseled in stone; This time I’m writing out the plan in them, carving it on the lining of their hearts. I’ll be their God, they’ll be my people.11 They won’t go to school to learn about me, or buy a book called God in Five Easy Lessons. They’ll all get to know me firsthand, the little and the big, the small and the great.12 They’ll get to know me by being kindly forgiven, with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean.13 By coming up with a new plan, a new covenant between God and his people, God put the old plan on the shelf. And there it stays, gathering dust.
The Old Testament uses the word “atonement” which means to over sins. This word virtually disappears in the New Testament. In the Old Testament – sins were covered. In the New Testament – are sins are wiped away. They are gone.
OK so lets walk through the ceremony:
We swapped clothes with Jesus and he wrapped us in “robes of righteousness”. Jesus took on our flesh and our “sin clothing”.
Philippians 2:7 When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!8 Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death-and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.
Then the exchange of belts.
2 Corinthians 12:9 My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.10 Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size-abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.
Exchange of weapons
Ephesians 6:10 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong.11 So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. 13 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.14 Truth, righteousness,15 peace,16 faith,17 and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.
The Sacrifice – shedding of blood
19-21 So, friends, we can now-without hesitation-walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. 22 So let’s do it-full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out.23 Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.
The Walk of Death
Luke 17:33 If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.
Mark on the Body
Old Covenant – circumcision.
New Covenant: Romans 2:28 Don’t you see: It’s not the cut of a knife that makes a Jew.29 You become a Jew by who you are. It’s the mark of God on your heart, not of a knife on your skin, that makes a Jew.
Pronouncement of Blessings and Curses
Philippians 4:19 You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.
Romans 8:17 And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us-an unbelievable inheritance!
There are no curses mentioned in the New Testament because Jesus absorbed them.
The Covenant Meal
John 6:48 I am the Bread of Life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna bread in the desert and died.50 But now here is Bread that truly comes down out of heaven. Anyone eating this Bread will not die, ever.51 I am the Bread-living Bread!-who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live-and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self.”
Jesus is saying “I am your covenant meal”.
I Corinthians 11:23 Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread.24 Having given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.25 After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember me.26 What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master.
The Exchange of Names
We become “Christ-ians” and Jesus referred to Himself as the “Son of Man”.