JOYFUL ASSEMBLY - PART 6
MONDAY 26 DECEMBER 2022
The last personality mentioned in the versified sequence is Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and His sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Let's find out more!
Reference: Hebrews 12:22-24 Amplified (AMP) "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels [in festive gathering], and to the general assembly and assembly of the firstborn who are registered [as citizens] in heaven, and to God, who is Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous (the redeemed in heaven) who have been made perfect [bringing them to their final glory], and to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant [uniting God and man], and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance]."
As born again Christians, we have come to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant [uniting God and man], meaning that Christ is a man of high quality intelligence. What He did was on behalf of all mankind, uniting God and man, which is the actual and accurate accomplishment of God's purpose, as well as the absolute and moral plan involved in salvation.
According to Hebrews 9:11-15, Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance (NKJV).
For this reason, we are no longer far from God, but well accepted in Zion. The sevenfold sprinkling was quintessential of Christ as a Priest, presenting Himself to God, the Father, on our behalf, as a sacrifice for sin. Hence, the atonement was actualised by a perfect sacrifice. Since Christ has fully done the presentation of His atonement by carrying the propriation into the sanctuary and appearing in the presence of God on our behalf, we come to mount Zion by accepting what He's done. Beloved, we have come to a place, namely Jesus Christ, where we are unmovable in our hope, with full assurance of faith in God. We are now in Christ Jesus, who is risen and ascended to heaven as our great high priest. To that effect, Hebrews 4:14 reads, "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess" (NIV). According to this Scripture, we must understand that the "faith we profess" in Zion is worthy of persistence. So the author of the book of Hebrews reminds us to hold firmly to it.
Now watch this: What faith do we really profess? It should get our attention if we're serious about professing our faith. The faith we profess is what the sprinkled blood of the lamb speaks of. According to our referenced verse, it speaks of mercy, and a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance]. In other words, there are more desirable benefits of salvation in Christ, than just an appetite for divine vengeance. So we must profess our prosperity, good success, divine healing and health, excellence, divine provision and abundance, supernatural wisdom, victory and more exciting realities. By speaking forth such better, more gracious and nobler benefits, you'll keep having significant attainments and persistent progress in all that you do, rather than just settling for divine vengeance. And that is God's perfect will for you in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!
Scripture Reading - John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5.
Exuberant Declaration: I have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. I have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. I have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Blessed be God!