And to Jesus, the Mediator (Go-between, Agent) of a new covenant, 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]. Hebrews 12:24 (AMPC)
The New Covenant is the basis of our relationship and fellowship with God. The Blood of Jesus confirms, validates and establishes the New Covenant.
1 Corinthians 11:25 (AMPC) 25 Similarly when supper was ended, He took the cup also, saying, This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink [it], to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.
God relates and fellowships with us based on the Blood of Jesus.
What’s in the Blood of Jesus that makes relationship and fellowship between God and man possible? Mercy, mercy, mercy.
The Blood of Jesus speaks mercy. It speaks forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness means sending away or letting go of. The Blood of Jesus speaks to us that God the judge has sent away, let go of all our sins. He’s not holding anything against us. There’s nothing between us and God that can stop us from embracing each other.
While the proclamation of judgement causes us to flee in fear far away from God, the proclamation of Mercy frees us to draw near to God with confident assurance.
This truth is revealed in our scripture text that contrasts the blood of Abel and the Blood of Jesus. The blood of Abel cried out for vengeance or judgement. Genesis 4:9-12(MSG) 9 God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “How should I know? Am I his babysitter?” 10-12 God said, “What have you done! The voice of your brother’s blood is calling to me from the ground. From now on you’ll get nothing but curses from this ground; you’ll be driven from this ground that has opened its arms to receive the blood of your murdered brother. You’ll farm this ground, but it will no longer give you its best. You’ll be a homeless wanderer on Earth.”
No wonder God calls His throne the throne of Grace where we receive not punishment but mercy! Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Today choose to draw near to the throne of grace boldly because of the Blood of Jesus.