Have you ever gone to a restaurant only to eat the most incredible dessert? You savor each bite and almost let it melt in your mouth, aware that this marvelous treat is something far too good to be eaten quickly. You quickly ask your server to give your compliments to the chef and timidly ask for the recipe. The chef walks out to thank you but then proceeds to explain that she only shares her recipe with her exclusive guest list (a list you will never get on because you don’t have any of the necessary credentials).
The enjoyment of a dessert is a far cry from the significance of the new covenant. And the pain of disappointment for never learning a secret recipe would pale in comparison to never knowing the Lord. But the new covenant is new, in part, because it expands the boundaries of who’s in. Believing Israel knew the Lord, some more closely than others, but through the priceless blood of Jesus, inaugurating the new covenant, all Jewish and Gentile believers share in the intimate knowledge of God. Regardless of our heritage or ethnicity, we have been invited into all the insight God has revealed to His people Israel. The recipe is ours!
What measures can you take today to get to know God better and to experience His presence?