The True Sign


Genesis 14:1-24; Hebrews 8:1-13; John 4:43-54

From the Reformer

The endurance of sight and strength in Moses signifies, according to the allegorical meaning, that the power of the Law does not grow less through length of days or magnitude of deeds; but it always oppresses and rouses guilty consciences until it dies, that is, until it is done away with through Christ and the new ministry of grace is established. But when Christ came, the old Law was close to its end, according to the passage in Hebrews (8:13): “What is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”

—Martin Luther, Lectures on Deuteronomy

Pulling It Together

There are many commandments that God has given us but they are summed up for us by the Apostle Paul: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Rom 13:9) That is a tough job. Try as we might, we fail at the task.

Thanks be to God that the days have come when he has established a new testament, in which the Law of God is fulfilled for us—not by us. Since we could never keep the law of love, God in Christ has carried out his own commandment for us, making a new covenant in his blood. (Luke 22:20) Our Great High Priest has offered the one necessary sacrifice for sin: his own life. Because we know the Law of God yet cannot keep it, Jesus Christ has satisfied both Law and Love despite us.

The result of this new testament in his blood is that he will be merciful toward our iniquities, and remember our sins no more. (Heb 8:12) This is the true sign and wonder (John 4:48) we must believe by faith in order to know the forgiveness of all our sins—not just the one sin of not loving others.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the eyes of faith in your greater love and faithfulness—especially when I fail you. Amen.

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