The Best Advertisement

Advertising Age pointed out long ago that the two most attractive things a seller can say about his product are “New!” and “Free!”

But that’s not always the case. I have a six-year-old van, with about 70,000 miles on it. I don’t want a new one. I plan to keep this one till it runs up at least 300,000 miles. Why get something new if what you have works perfectly well?

Yet that’s just the point the writer was making in Hebrews 8. The old system of Law didn’t work (vv. 7, 9, 13). The covenant made by Moses, called the Old Covenant here, was “obsolete and aging” almost before it was given.

What makes the New Covenant God has made with us in Christ superior? Two things. It provides complete and full forgiveness for all our wicked acts (v. 12). Because Christ has paid for our sins, God is no longer obligated to “remember”—in the sense of punish—our sins.

And, the New Covenant operates to “put My laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts.” The Old Covenant engraved standards that human beings proved unable to meet on tablets of stone. The New Covenant engraves the desire to please God in our inmost being, and moves us to do the very things Law demanded, but could not produce.

When it comes to faith, “New!” truly is a sell word. Those who have tried everything else, and failed to become the kind of person they, and God, want them to be, can turn to Jesus and find themselves forgiven and renewed.

And, in case you didn’t notice, the other sell word applies too. The salvation offered us in Christ, costs us nothing.

Hebrews 8:1–6 reminds us that everything in the Old Testament system had significance, but that the significance was primarily symbolic. The gifts and offerings made by Old Testament priests were vivid illustrations of what Jesus would do in the heavenly sanctuary of which the earthly tabernacle and temple were merely “copies and shadows.” Christ is the reality, and His work has won us a full salvation.

Personal Application
The best advertisement for Christianity is the new and improved Christian.

Quotable
“We ought to be Christians in large type, so that it would not be necessary for others to be long in our society, or to regard us through spectacles, in order to detect our true discipleship. The message of our lives should resemble the big advertisements which can be read on the street by all who pass by.”—F.B. Meyer

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