In Genesis chapter 9, we read these words as The Lord spoke to Noah after the flood waters had receded and the family and animals have emerged from the ark: “And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember My covenant that is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
The rainbow is a beautiful reminder to us, too. It reminds us of God’s love as it arcs up across the sky. As the rainbow seems to connect the heavens and the earth, it also points to a new covenant that God has made with those who will trust in Him.
Instead of a reminder in the sky, this new covenant is written on our hearts. It is only valid by trusting through faith in Jesus Christ, who shed His own blood to atone for the sins of the world. Luke 22:20 says, “And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.’”
Just as the covenant of the rainbow served to protect all people from further judgment from God, the new covenant based on Jesus’ death on the cross for our sakes protects us from judgment from God. We now have the opportunity to receive salvation as a free gift, as God tells us in Ephesians. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9). Because of Jesus, we can enjoy a permanent, unbroken relationship with God. Next time you see a rainbow, let it remind you of how much God loves you and how much He wants a close relationship with you. It’s possible when you place your trust in Jesus as your Savior and allow Him to lead you.