Each of the Gospels relate different aspects of the night that Jesus was arrested and then placed on trial before the government and religious authorities. Each give an account of Jesus Christ’s journey to the Cross of Calvary. However, what none of them explain with simple language so that we don’t miss it, is that the Cross of Calvary was a covenant from God to us—a covenant that relates back to Abraham. (Genesis 17).
A covenant is different than a contract. In our world today, we often hear of legal battles because a contract was breached, or that a party to a contract wishes to renegotiate the terms. The terms of a covenant must be accepted or rejected in total. A party to the agreement, doesn’t get to bargain with the price.
God set the terms. Jesus Christ paid the terms. John 17 reminds us of Jesus’ commitment—His why– “And I revealed You to them and will keep on revealing You. I will do this so that Your love for me may be in them and I in them.” (John 17: 26)
Take the time to read Jesus’ prayer for you on that last night. He still intercedes today for us before the Throne of Grace. Contemplate what He was willing to do that day. His “why” was that we might be strong as He asked, “I’m not asking You to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They are not part of this world any more than I am. Make them pure and holy by teaching them Your words of truth. …then the world will know that You sent me and will understand that You love them as much as You love me.” (John 17:15-16, 23)
For that Jesus withstood
Mocking from the chief priests, Sanhedrin, and the guards: (John 18:22)
The took him and beat him;
Spit in His face;
Struck Him with their fists;
Herod and his soldiers (Luke 23:11)
Ridiculed and mocked Him;
Dressed Him in a robe to imitate His being a king;
Smashed a crown of thorns on His head to ridicule the idea He is a king;
Bartered for His clothes;
Pierced His hands and feet;
Violence in our world today is so accepted, perhaps we are numb to how cruel it really is. Stop and say out loud—“Jesus endured His suffering for me. Jesus believed, and still believes today, that His sacrifice was worth it because He loves me that much.” Acknowledge today, that with God for you, none can succeed against you (Romans 8:31). Jesus Christ loved you enough to stretch out His hands so your sins and mine can be nailed to the Cross again today.
The terms are non-negotiable. The Covenant of the Cross must be accepted in full. The price has been paid. Accept it or Reject it—the choice is yours today. And like the prayer, Jesus prayed in the Garden that night, this author and ministry urges you to accept it in full. Should you want to connect with one of the leaders—please reach out. We are praying for you to receive the Covenant of Love offered at the Cross.