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We know that this new covenant pri-  people who have clung to those words of
        marily has to do with Israel (Jer 31:31;   hope, “I will come again.” We wait. As
        Heb 8:8) and is contrasted with that which   the water of Christian testimony becomes
        Moses mediated. The old covenant failed   increasingly lukewarm, and the enemies
        because the people couldn’t hold up   of the believer continue their powerful
        their end of the deal. They had agreed   barrage, faithful believers cling to those
        that “all that the LORD hath said will we   same words and ask, “Could it be today?”
        do, and be obedient” (Exo 24:7), yet they   We listen for the trumpet and the shout
        did not continue in it (Heb 8:9). But this   (1Th 4:16-17), as upon His return He will
        new covenant would be unbreakable, as   take us into the Father’s house. Afterward,
        it would be based on better promises, a   to a chorus of Alleluias, He will present us
        superior sacrifice and the most precious   to the universe as that holy bride without
        blood (Heb 8:6; 9:12,23). It would not de-  blemish (Eph 5:27), and we will be with
        pend upon the people “doing” the works   Him in the centre of celebration at the
        of the Law but would be based upon the   marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19).
        one work that was “done” by the Mediator   His death has fitted us for that place,
        when He “offered himself without spot
        to God” (9:14). And while, as mentioned,   and His presence there has prepared the
        this new covenant is focused on God’s   place for us, but remember, in His absence
        promises to Israel, we are content to say   we are weaving the very bridal garment
        that the Church’s manifold blessings flow   to be worn at the wedding feast. The righ-
        out from it.                          teous deeds of believers, while we wait,
          So, as they were partaking of the cup,   are currently fashioning our garment of
        they knew that the Man in their midst   bridal glory in the kingdom (Rev 19:8).
        was confirming a covenant and that the   We wait. But do we worry? Any car-
        price connected with this covenant would   ing, conscientious person would bear a
        be His very own blood. Their awe was   prayerful burden for the issues of life. And
        further inspired as He began to speak as   while this care becomes overwhelming at
        a bridegroom, saying, “Let not your heart   times and turns to anxious worry, there
        be troubled …. In my Father’s house ….   is one question that need not hinder our
        I go to prepare a place for you …. I will   peace: “How can we know the way?” As
        come again, and receive you unto myself;   sure as He has gone, He will return, not
        that where I am, there ye may be also”   only as our Bridegroom but as our very
        (Joh 14:1-3).                         method of transportation from our earthly
          About six weeks later, these same men   anticipation to the heavenly realization of
        followed Him to the Mount of Olives. Af-  the Father’s house. Let not your hearts be
        ter reminding them of the Father’s author-  troubled, for He says, “I AM the Way.”
        ity over things to come, the Bridegroom   We plan to continue focusing on these
        was taken up out of their sight (Act 1:7-9).   words, as our next article explores the role
        Since then, the expectant eyes of His bride   of the tabernacle in John’s Gospel. But our
        have been looking upward. They waited.   best-laid plans will happily be forfeited
        Throughout Church history, with its chal-  should we hear that shout today, “Rise
        lenges, compromises and changes, there   up, my love, my fair one, and come away”
        has always been a remnant of the Lord’s   (Son 2:10).

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