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WHAT MAKES THE NEW TESTAMENT “NEW”?
Last week we covered the Old Testament and the major events that led up to the New Testament. In this story, we read of a God continually calling His children back to His side. In the book of Samuel, we meet a young boy who will be the future King of God’s people. David is a flawed man and king, but we don’t remember him as a failure, rather, “a man after God’s own heart.”
What God desires is not our perfection, but our hearts. Our whole hearts, dedicated to seeking Him first.
400 years after the Old Testament prophets have written the last book about the coming of a Savior, the Savior shows up. Not in the form of a powerful king, but as a tiny, homeless baby in a manger.
What does this mean?
It means that in the Old Testament, God’s people are constantly repenting of their sin and offering sacrifices to be forgiven, but when Jesus humbly offers his life as the perfect sacrifice for all of mankind’s sin, there is no requirement for future sacrifices. Our sins have been forgiven.
Does that mean we do whatever we want? No, it still means the same thing it did in the Old Testament: God desires our hearts, not our perfection. For us to be in relationship with Him daily, to turn to Him for our needs, to praise Him in the storm.
The New Testament is “new” because EVERYTHING changed when Jesus died and was resurrected from the dead. His sacrifice trumped any hold sin could ever have on us. The New Testament is the story of the Gospel (aka The Good News!).
We learned that the books of the Bible are grouped into categories, not chronological order. However, the New Testament timeline of events aren’t quite as confusing as the Old Testament.
Here are a few tips on the New Testament books before we dive in:
- Matthew – John are all different accounts of the same story: Jesus’ life.
- Acts is the history of starting the Church after Jesus goes to heaven.
- Romans – Philemon are letters to churches and Christians from Paul, a missionary.
- Hebrews – Jude are letters from other Christian leaders.
- Revelation is a prophecy that John the Apostle received from Jesus about the end times.
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