by Norma Koehne
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But you have come to Mount Zion … to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant (Hebrews 12:22,24).
What a tremendous contrast we have in these verses. The fear and trembling, the overwhelming darkness and tempest of Mount Sinai where God gave his law to Moses, and the beauty and joy of Mount Zion, the site of the temple. The contrast is between the law, which shows us that we can never attain the holy standards of our holy God, and so we are ‘exceedingly afraid and trembling’ like Moses. But we have ‘Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant’ and ‘the blood of the sprinkling’ that assures us that we are forgiven and that our failures are wiped away completely. The blood of the sprinkling of the sacrifice on the high altar on the day of atonement foreshadowed the shed blood of the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the whole world. Through faith in God’s saving act of redemption, we are included in the ‘spirits of the just men made perfect’, worshipping the living God in the heavenly Jerusalem.
This is our sure hope because we are ‘registered in heaven’. Our names are written in ‘the book of life’ (Philippians 4:3) and ‘on the palms of God’s hands’ (Isaiah 49:16). My children used to write notes on the palms of their hands so that they would not forget some important fact or task, and I have sometimes done this myself. The image of my name and yours written on the palm of God’s hand is so reassuring and comforting. He will never forget us. We are important to him. He will be with us through the ups and downs of our life here and will take us by the hand as we leave this earthly life and lead us into the perfect joy of heaven.
Loving Father, what joy you have prepared for us in our heavenly home. We wait with eager longing for the day when we will be with you forever. Amen.