A recent episode of the Freakonomics Radio Podcast started like this:
"Several months ago, we introduced you to a pair of University of Pennsylvania professors. …They wanted to solve a problem…A problem that, if they fixed it, could truly solve every social problem we could think of.
The problem is: ourselves.
In other words, the problem with human beings is that they’re human beings and that they repeatedly make decisions that undermine their own long-term well-being."
So these two professors assembled a dream team of social scientists that includes Nobel prize winners to tackle the basic human problem, our self-destructive nature. And even this dream team admits the best social scientists have been able to figure out is how to help people develop healthy habits for the short-term.
This weekend's passage actually takes on the same challenge—how to get people to make better, healthier decisions.
It offers an amazing solution to this problem.
The solution is what the prophet Jeremiah calls “a new covenant.”
This new covenant is a really big deal in the story fo God, the Bible.
How big? Well, when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, he took the cup and he said, “This is the new covenant in my blood.”
And when you understand what this new covenant is all about, you start to see how destructive habits can be broken and why we have hope for healing from the brokenness caused by our bad decisions and the bad decisions of others.
I hope to see you this weekend. Invite someone along to worship and hear and hear the message.