And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth and experienced the tests we experience, yet never sinned (Hebrews 4:14-15). He is thus a perfect, yet compassionate, High Priest for us.
He is also the Mediator of the new agreement between God and man. The problem with the Old Covenant was not God or His laws, but the people (Hebrews 8:7-8). This New Covenant is different because now God says, “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts” (Hebrews 8:10). Through His Holy Spirit, He makes it possible for us to internalize His good and beneficial way of life and to obey His laws.
But since we have all sinned, more was needed. Our Mediator was also willing to remove those past sins and the death penalty we have earned. Jesus Christ’s death paid that ransom to buy back repentant Christians from death.
Besides this redemption, the New Covenant also provides the incredible promise of an eternal inheritance in the Kingdom of God!
For more about Christ’s sacrifice, the New Covenant and how Christians are to remember it, see “Passover: What Did Jesus Do for You?”