Scripture: Hebrews 9:15-28
Key verse: (15) For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.
Reflection: The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central focus of our faith. Yet describing what those events actually mean can be very difficult. So the writers of Scripture resort to metaphors and analogies. The writer of the letter of Hebrews compares the grace we receive to an inheritance. Someone must make a will (a promise or covenant), and then die (with proof of death like a death certificate), for the will to be executed and the inheritance received. The death of Jesus Christ means that we are heirs of the covenant and recipients of the gracious inheritance of eternal life. The writer wants to explain why the death of Christ was a necessary consequence as a part of our salvation.
Most of us have prepared our wills. If you haven’t, you should (you’re welcome for this public service reminder!). We want to be sure that our responsibilities are handled, our assets are managed properly, and our loved ones receive our promised gifts. Do we realize that our most important assets and gifts are not tangible ones? We have received grace and we are called to give grace away over and over again.
We are thankful for God’s grace that we know in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. How would you describe it or explain it to someone who is new to faith? Think about what metaphors you might use. In a world that focuses on the accumulation of material blessings, how can we lift up the spiritual gift of eternal life? We are called to be witnesses of good news. Let’s tell the world about the best news we know, the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of life.
Prayer: We give you thanks, O God, for the gift of life and the promise of eternal life. We give you thanks for the covenant of grace that we know in Jesus Christ. May we boldly proclaim this good news in fresh and powerful ways so that all may know the power of your love. Through Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Lord. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].