Hebrews 9:15–22 (ESV)
Redemption Through the Blood of Christ
Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. 16 For where a will is involved,
the death of the one who made it must be established. 17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment
of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded
for you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
Today’s reading begins with [Jesus] is the mediator of a new covenant. What is a “mediator?” The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible defines “mediator” as: “An intermediary,
go-between, or expert in divine things, not to negotiate agreement or compromise but to approach the deity on behalf of others, and so to convey desired knowledge and reassurance with divine authority.” We are under a “new covenant”,
so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. We receive an inheritance when someone dies. Well, Luther’s Small Catechism states:
“Christ’s death was the
just punishment for our sins, which He took upon Himself to buy back the whole human race from God’s wrath.”
I pray: O Lord, you are not only my mediator, but my Lord and Savior. You
have redeemed me and given me new life. Thank you. Amen.