People are fascinated with new things. In the world of technology and electronic devices, new gadgets are on the market so quickly that the previous models are outdated before they have a chance to grow old. Most folks are excited to get a new car. They even talk about that new car smell. Even when getting a used car, people will refer to it as their new car. Well, at least new to them. New house, new clothes, new shoes, new boyfriend, new girlfriend. Evidently new is much more exciting than old. Deep down in the human spirit, there must be a longing for that which is fresh, clean and offers new hope and promise. We speak of a new year every January 1st. Around that date nearly everyone makes some kind of new resolution. Get more organized. Lose weight and start exercising. Be more faithful to the church. Quit smoking. Pay my credit card bill in full each month. The list is new, but the resolve too quickly grows old.
Before growing pessimistic about the lack of resolve in keeping our new promises, let us look to the One who makes all things new, and never breaks a promise. You see, God knew that new was better. That is why He gave us a new covenant that is far better than the old covenant. Better because the old one was based on our ability to keep all of God’s commandments, something we’ve never been able to do. The new one is all about Jesus, and His ability to perfectly fulfill all God’s requirements. This new covenant is so amazing and wonderful that it never grows old. After two thousand years, it is still new, still fresh and filled with hope that satisfies our soul’s deepest longing.