Cohutta First Baptist
​​103 King Street  Cohutta, Georgia

​Weekly Devotional from John Parrott

Good morning to all on this frigid January day.  As we look forward to the events and the ups and downs of this new year, let us remember that we walk by faith, not by sight.  Although the newspapers and internets are filled with predictions about the coming year, no one knows what the next twelve months have in store.  I hope and pray that it will be a year of peace and good will among men, but I  know that is not likely in our sinful world.  I pray that it will be a year of love and joy in our hearts, and I know that it can be if we walk closely to Him.  My personal resolution in the new year is to enjoy the blessings of God with thanksgiving and to seek to be a blessing to others.

And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is to be shed on behalf of many.” (Mark 14:23-24).  The juice or wine that we drink during the Lord’s Supper is a symbol of the life blood of our Lord, which was poured out at Golgotha.  Jesus described it as the “blood of the covenant”; a new and better covenant than that which God made with Abraham and his seed.  As the author of Hebrews wrote, He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises (Heb 8:6b).  This new covenant is based on a better sacrifice than the blood of goats and sheep; it is a covenant written in our hearts rather than on tablets of stone; it is a covenant of better promises:  promises of forgiveness of sin in this life and eternal fellowship with Him in the life to come. It is a covenant sealed with the very blood of Jesus the Messiah, which He shed on behalf of many.