Mercy! Forgiveness! Acceptance! Pardon! Welcome!
Answers With Bayless Conley
In Hebrews 12:22-24, we are given a powerful word on how the blood of Jesus speaks such better things than the blood of Abel. This is a great insight, so bear with me,
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
You can read the story of Abel and his brother, Cain, in Genesis 4. What we learn is that Cain became jealous of Abel, and as a result, Cain rose up against Abel in the field and killed him.
God said, "Cain, the blood of your brother, Abel, cries out to Me from the ground." What did the blood of Abel say? "Vengeance! Judgment!"
The blood of Jesus cries better things. The blood that soaked the cross and made it red, the blood that soaked the ground below the cross at that place called Calvary, the blood that today is in the heavenly Holy of Holies, that blood cries out day and night into the ears of God.
The blood of Jesus today does not cry out, "Vengeance! Judgment!" Instead, it cries out, "Mercy! Forgiveness! Acceptance! Pardon! Welcome!"
The question is: How will you respond? Hebrews 12:25 issues a stern warning,
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven.
If you have yet to accept Jesus as your Savior, do so today.
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