22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
As the name of this book implies, the readers come from a Jewish background. Mount Zion to them is a familiar name, for it is the mountain located in Jerusalem, where the Temple was located. The innermost sanctuary of the Temple was where only a selected priest could go to make atonement before God for his people.
Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant, by his death on the cross. He has made atonement for us through his death on the cross. In the old covenant, sprinkled blood from an animal sacrifice made atonement for sin. Jesus is our atonement in his blood, that cancels out the sin of humanity (the blood of Abel was from the first murder in the Bible).
You need not fear God’s punishment because of your wrongdoing, no matter what you have done. Jesus has cancelled it out through his death on the cross, as you believe in him. Imagine instead that you are in worship in the company of thousands of angels, along with countless other saints down through the ages. The air is electric, and joy is written on the faces of all who behold the face of God. That’s where we will be at some time, all because of what Jesus has done.
We praise you, O God, for your power and might, your mercy and love. Thank you for Jesus, who has ushered in a new covenant, a better place, by your grace. He has called us perfect because he has taken away all that would separate us from you. As best we may, help us do what is holy in your sight, for we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.