“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance -- now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” [Hebrews 9:1]
Imagine if we still had to sacrifice animals for our sins like they did in the Old Testament under the old covenant. That would be wild, but that is how the Israelites lived before Jesus. The glorious news is that we are no longer under the old covenant, but we are living in the new covenant. The old has passed away, the new has come. Praise be to God that Jesus is the guarantee of this new and better covenant. Jesus is our Great High Priest who is continually interceding for us, and through faith in him, he is able to completely save us.
One of the roles of the high priest in the old covenant was to enter into the Most Holy Place once a year by the blood of a sacrifice to make temporary atonement for the sins of the people. We see in Hebrews 9:15 that Jesus is the mediator of the new and better covenant. What does this mean? Jesus, our Great High Priest, entered the Most Holy Place once and for all, not by the blood of animal sacrifices, but by his own blood and offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God. Because of this incredible act of love, the blood of Christ is able to purify us from the acts that lead to death (sin)!
Part of our faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus, includes recognizing that he died in our place. He died as a ransom to set us free. He set us free from the bondage of sin and death. Not only did he set us free, but he gave us life. An abundant, overflowing with joy, full of hope life that fulfills our every need. What an incredible love story! The God of the universe died on a tree to take away our sins and restore our relationship with him. Oh how great are the riches of his glorious grace that is revealed to us on the cross.
God wants to have a relationship with you. He is your friend. There is no greater love than laying down one’s life for one’s friends, and that is exactly what Jesus did! The pressure is off. The old covenant has passed. We don’t have to earn our right standing, we don’t have to earn eternal life, there is nothing we can do except believe in Jesus and his work on the cross.
Spend time with God today. He wants an actual relationship with you. Pray. Just talk to him -- prayer begets prayer. He has breathed-out living and active words onto the pages of the Bible, and we are so blessed to have these words at our fingertips. Don’t take that for granted. Read them. Love them. Meditate on them. Pray over them. It is the most important thing you could do today.
Lord Jesus, I praise you for the work you did on the cross. Thank you for dying as a ransom so that I may live. Give me grace as I pursue you. Give me understanding as I read your Word. Give me a newfound passion for prayer and my relationship with you. I love you Jesus! Amen.