Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

… how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God. And so he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance he has promised, since he died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9.14-15

Blood was needed. A sacrifice was needed. During the old covenant, the blood was from goats and bulls. Along with the ashes of young cows, the blood was sprinkled on the one who had sinned, the one who was unclean, defiled. It consecrated them and provided ritual purity.

Jesus came to fulfill the law. He became the sacrifice whose blood was shed, that we might have life. He was without blemish. His blood purifies our consciences.

We do not have the ability to present ourselves before God as clean and pure. No matter how many good things we do, we cannot erase the fact that we are stained, unclean and impure. We need his blood to cleanse us and to make us pure.

We live under the new covenant of which he is the mediator. I have the choice to answer his call or not. However, to those who choose to answer and obey his call, he will give the eternal inheritance that he has promised will be ours.

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