“And we have come to Jesus who established a new covenant with his blood sprinkled upon the mercy seat; blood that continues to speak from heaven, “Forgiveness,” a better message than Abel’s blood that cries from the earth, “Justice”.” (Hebrews 12:24 The Passion Translation)
When Abel was murdered by his brother Cain, God told Cain, “your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10 NIV). Abel’s blood was crying out for justice and vengeance. However, the blood of Jesus cries out better things!
Jesus blood “continues to speak from heaven, “Forgiveness”” (Hebrews 12:24 The Passion Translation). Let God's voice of forgiveness silence any whisper of condemnation, regret or judgement you may experience from your own heart or mind. Jesus’ blood and the sacrifice He made in our place continues to echo throughout all of time “forgiveness”, “mercy” and “grace”.
Through the sacrifice of Jesus blood on the cross, we have received eternal forgiveness and redemption. We are now in a new covenant, a covenant of grace. Judgement is not our portion, but grace and mercy! For all eternity we will be unravelling the great depths of God’s limitless love and grace that brought us back into relationship with Him and paid for our redemption in full.
The fulfilment of the law required a perfect sacrifice; one that only Jesus could fulfil in our place. Jesus declared He had come to fulfil the law (Matthew 5:17). Through Jesus’ perfect sacrifice, He fulfilled the law and the requirements of the old covenant and became the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 2:2).
We are now in a new covenant with God; one built on grace and forgiveness, not judgement and the law. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we are now eternally free from the bondage and curse of sin. Your life in Christ is a proclamation of His finished work on the cross. We are forever marked as God’s children and can experience freedom and grace in Christ because of the new covenant He made possible through His blood.
“You’ve come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel’s—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace.” (Hebrews 12:24 The Message)