Today’s Reading: Hebrews 8:1-13
After the death of Elvis Presley it became fairly common to read headlines in the Tabloids such as: “I was Elvis’ Child” or “Elvis’ Ghost is My Father”. Many people claimed to be related to “The King” either for the prestige of wearing his name or possibly to try and get a share of his inheritance. In the heat of all this activity, a Detroit radio station advertised that for just $2 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, you too could be Elvis’ child.
For that sum you could receive an authentic birth certificate from the radio station signed by a Radio Disk Jockey named Dick Puritan. The certificate claimed it entitled the bearer to “appear on any talk show in the country.” About 2000 people sent in their envelopes and became “children of the King.”
However this was just a bit of fun, everybody knew it was a worthless piece of paper. No one became Elvis’ child because of this certificate. And the people who bought those documents had no legal standing for anything. Why couldn’t you become Elvis’ child by purchasing one of those documents? Because the people at the radio station had no authority to issue the document in the 1st place.
The writer of Hebrews is telling us is that there is now a legal document – a “New Covenant” – that literally makes us children of THE true King, Jesus Christ.
In the prophecy from Jeremiah that was made hundreds of years before, God tells us “I will be their God, and they will be my people.” ( Hebrews 8:10b) Or as John writes: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
This New Covenant is what makes us children of the King. It has value because the one who offered it had the authority to do so.
The Old Covenant was something you were born into. If you were born of Jewish parents, you were an Israelite. But to become a Christians is something else again. You can’t be born “into the church.” You have to be reborn “of water and of the spirit” (John 3:5). You have to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. You need to recognize that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness and repent of your sins.
No one else can make that decision for you. But when we’ve made that decision, Romans 8:15 tells us we have “… received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”