Last year 2011 while I was reading the Bible, I came across Jeremiah 31: 31~34 The LORD says, "The time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. Although I was like a husband to them, they did not keep that covenant. 33(*)The new covenant that I will make with the people of Israel will be this: I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34(*)None of them will have to teach a neighbor to know the LORD, because all will know me, from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and I will no longer remember their wrongs. I, the LORD, have spoken." I suddenly realised that although I have been going to the church for 11years. I attended the church choir, and try to serve God. But I do not know God. This come to me as a shock. Because for 11 years that I thought I try to be a good christian, but I have no idea what is the new covenant! And what is even more shocking is that all the churches that I attended do not preach about this Gospel!
When Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath he went as usual to the synagogue. He stood up to read the Scriptures and was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written,"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people."Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. All the people in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him, as he said to them, "This passage of scripture has come true today, as you heard it being read." Jesus come to this world to fulfill the promise that God have forgiven our sins, it is his blood that established the new convenant. Through his death, our sins are forgiven and his resurrection we are made righteous. God has chosen Jesus to bring the good news to us. But the Good News is lost in all the humanistic teachings and philosophy. After the enlightenment, I fall into confusion, as pasters taught about the confession of sin and to receive the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. When I cannot speak in tongue, they told me to repeat “Haleluya” like a charm in Buddism. This cannot be right. What does Buddism has to do with Jesus. This is not the way, so what is the truth? I started to look for Theology schools, and I thank God for leading me to Mahanaim Cyber college.
In 1 Corinthians 13:12 “What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete-as complete as God's knowledge of me. “ How am I able to stand firm when we meet God face to face? Why is there only sin between I and God? I tried to service God and in Lord’s name I prayed, but do God know me? With these questions I entered the Mahanaim, in one of the lectures about the wine steward and the chief baker. I realized the truth. Genesis 40:9 The wine steward said, "In my dream there was a grapevine in front of me with three branches on it. As soon as the leaves came out, the blossoms appeared, and the grapes ripened. I was holding the king's cup; so I took the grapes and squeezed them into the cup and gave it to him." The wine steward had nothing, only an empty cup, he took the grapes which represents the blood of Jesus and offered it to the king which represents God. The wine steward was released. Yes, Jesus took his own blood and obtained eternal salvation for us, but I try to live my life as the chief baker and try to go forth the king with all kinds of baked food which are my own doing. I understand now that only Jesus’s grace not of works that we are saved. In 1Thessalonians 2:19 “For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?Yes, you are our glory and joy!” I thank God that He still today send people to bring good news to the poor. Haleluya!