18 You haven’t come to a mountain that can be touched. You haven’t come to a mountain that is burning with fire. You haven’t come to darkness, gloom and storm. 19 You haven’t come to a blast from God’s trumpet. You haven’t come to a voice speaking to you. When people heard that voice long ago, they begged it not to say anything more to them. 20 What God commanded was too much for them. He said, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be killed with stones.” (Exodus 19:12,13) 21 The sight was terrifying. Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” (Deuteronomy 9:19) 22 But you have come to Mount Zion. You have come to the Jerusalem in heaven. It is the city of the living God. You have come to a joyful gathering of angels. There are thousands and thousands of them. 23 You have come to the church of God’s people. God’s first and only Son is over all things. God’s people share in what belongs to his Son. Their names are written in heaven. You have come to God. He is the judge of all people. You have come to the spirits of godly people who have been made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus. He is the go-between of a new covenant. You have come to the sprinkled blood. It promises better things than the blood of Abel.
In this passage the contrast between the old and the new is amazing. It’s the difference between access and prohibition into God’s Presence. Even Moses was terrified by the fury of Mt Sinai the place where God’s Glory was manifested.
But now through Jesus our Mediator we have access to God by His grace. The city we come to witness is filled with thousands of angels, it is the church of the firstborn. Now there is no prohibition for we have full and unhindered access to God through Jesus Christ.
I so appreciated our Good Friday service this year, because it vividly expressed the enormity of what Jesus did for me on the Cross. Now by the blood of Jesus I have open access into the Father’s Presence.
Lord, I stand amazed with the huge angelic crowd in your Presence. I thank you that this passage emphasizes that there is no prohibition so I can come into your Presence and approach your throne with boldness.
Written by Keith Bennett