I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will forgive their wickedness an will remember their sins nor more. Jeremiah 31:33, 34 (in parts)

Recently I had to laugh at my income tax declaration. I had transferred all the numbers on the PC to the form, then made the plausibility check and finally clicked on the tax calculation. Surprise: In red numbers and with a deficit sign my tax arrears: around  128,000 €. Usually I always get back a little bit money. But now: I had debt at the tax office of more than hundred thousand Euros. That amused me.

 

The mistake was found quickly. I accidentally made three zeros after the decimal point on my annuity. This is something the computer doesn´t know and pushed the three zeros to the left, LEFT BEFORE the point. With that, I was suddenly a retiree multimillionaire! Take three zeros on your pension or salary and see, what happens!!

 

Fortunately that could be corrected quickly. I rewrote the numbers and became the average retiree. So I can expect a small tax refund.

 

A zero too much at the wrong place, what it is bringing! I could laugh about it. But God could not laugh at the time Jeremiah writes. God had written to his people in black and white what he wanted. They knew exactly how to live. But that probably no longer people interested at the time. Were they superficial in their faith? Careless? So it was going downhill with them. They had spiritually arrived at the neutral point. Their guilt to God was growing and growing.

 

God made a liquidation of their depts. He promises his people to make a new covenant with them. “The time is coming”, declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Juda.” (Jer. 31:31)

 

God one day will do all completely new. He makes a new deal. His plan: He will write his will in the heart and conscience of the people who belong to him. HE will write no longer at stone tablets. HE will write directly into the human heart.

 

In Jesus Christ God has fulfilled what HE promised. This new covenant begins with Jesus. When LORD Jesus celebrated the Supper with his disciples, Jesus took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said: “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.” After the meal, Jesus took a cup wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.” (1 Corinthians 11: 23-25)

 

At the cross of Golgotha ​​God offers each human to liquid his debt. Every human is invited to come to Jesus Christ with his deficit. Jesus chances this to a plus, a surplus. He turns "guilty millionaires" into new people with a big plus sign in their life.

 

Jesus clears the blame. He corrects the mistakes. He writes his law in their hearts. It doesn´t mean the muscle of the heart, but the thoughts and senses. Jesus Christ writes his love in our hearts.

 

The stone tablets people could read the will of God could not fill the stony hearts with love. Only Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God, only HE can fill our hearts with love to God and to our fellow human beings. “The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. The word became a human being and lived here with us.” (John 1:14)

 

Jesus Christ wants to live in our hearts with his Holy Spirit. HIS cross is the big plus sign for us.

Of course, I am happy when the tax office returns me a few € for my holiday fund. But what is that compared with the huge joy that Jesus Christ writes in my heart. All guilt is forgiven! New life started with HIM. Jesus gives a new heart in which God's love will pulsate.

 

I wish you to experience that!

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