Understanding Jesus – Teaching Blog 02
Today we are going to learn about covenant in Genesis 15 where God commands Abraham to prepare a covenant. What exactly is a covenant? It is a contract between two men or two tribes or two nations that form an unbreakable bond. There are several rituals involved in sealing the agreements of the covenant. One of the rituals is generally formed in blood which makes the participants blood brothers. They swear in blood to one another. This is something in modern times that is difficult to understand, but this is the way men protected each other from outsiders or enemies. This is the way men forged relationships and this is the way God forged a covenant upon Himself for us.
Once Abraham prepares the sacrifice for the covenant a thick darkness appears and he goes into a deep sleep. God speaks over Abraham the covenant terms and blessings. While he is asleep, two entities, God the Father and the Son, pass between the sacrificial pieces. As God and Jesus walk between the pieces, God swears agreement to His Son as to the Gospel plan and its benefits to humanity. Then God leaves and on the same day Jesus completes the covenant by forging a relationship with Abraham who is our representative. This is called the hypostatic union.
2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” This verse speaks of the covenant term: in Him. Essentially our salvation is our belief in Him, in who Jesus is, what He did for us and what He represents for us to God the Father. All of this started thousands and thousands of years ago. As a matter of fact, it started thousands of years before Jesus went to the cross and died for us. This is is all possible because Jesus always existed.
You see, Jesus made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:7). Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death on the cross. I want you to understand that all the while Jesus was alive on earth as a man; He had a free will. Just like every other man, every created being, Jesus had a free will.
Here you have it – God made the plan for Jesus, God told Jesus the requirements of the plan, but Jesus had to accept the plan by His faith and in His free will. It was Jesus who died, of His own free will, for all of humanity. He humbled Himself and became a bondservant. Jesus executed the plan that God the Father designed. Think about the gravity and intensity of this plan because believe me; Jesus could have walked away from God’s plan at any time. Jesus did not have to go through dying on the cross for our salvation. Remember, Jesus did not need us – we need Jesus!