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day 11 | matthew 25-26

A covenant is a contract or agreement between two parties. According to tradition, a covenant is made between two people when blood is spilt and a life is sacrificed. The person that makes the sacrifice is essentially saying to the other, "If I don't hold up my end of the contract, may what's done to this sacrifice be done to me also."

Jesus talks about the blood of the covenant during the Passover meal with his disciples. The covenant is for forgiveness. We're used to thinking about God sacrificing Jesus for us, God doing this thing to Jesus for us, God willing Jesus to die for us. The thing is, Jesus tells the disciples they have to drink from the cup. That means the disciples have to be the ones to make the sacrifice, not God.

Yes, God sent Jesus, but people killed him.

So, when the disciples drink of the cup that represents the blood of the covenant, they are essentially saying to God, "If I don't hold up my end of the contract, may what's done to this sacrifice be done to me also." In this case, their end of the contract is allowing their beloved teacher to be killed.

Then, Jesus is praying in Gethsemane and he says this funny thing:


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The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of their race, nationality or ethnic background. Becoming a Muslim is a simple and easy process that requires no pre-requisites. One may convert alone in privacy, or he/she may do so in the presence of others.

If anyone has a real desire to be a Muslim and has full conviction and strong belief that Islam is the true religion of God, then, all one needs to do is pronounce the “Shahada”, the testimony of faith, without further delay. The “Shahada” is the first and most important of the five pillars of Islam.

With the pronunciation of this testimony, or “Shahada”, with sincere belief and conviction, one enters the fold of Islam.

Upon entering the fold of Islam purely for the Pleasure of God, all of one’s previous sins are forgiven, and one starts a new life of piety and righteousness. The Prophet said to a person who had placed the condition upon the Prophet in accepting Islam that God would forgive his sins:

“Do you not know that accepting Islam destroys all sins which come before it?” (Prophet Muhammad (pbuh))

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