Christian, as you prepare to gather tomorrow with your local congregation of covenantally bound brothers and sisters in the Savior, it is blood that binds the fellowship—not race, not socioeconomic position, nor political affiliation.
As the author of Hebrews writes in chapter 10,
19 Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus… 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
You are a sinner who lives because the Savior died. His blood was shed to cleanse you from guilt, welcoming you into the family as a righteous son or daughter.
Just as the founders of the United States held certain truths to be self-evident, the truth we hold in common is the promise of grace for the repentant sinner that was fulfilled in the cross of Jesus.
We gather to remember, believe, celebrate, and “hold unswervingly” to better than we could have imagined news. The curtain has been removed and the door opened to the Most Holy Place!
We are invited to commune with the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. A communion of the saints with their beloved. A feast of love, joy, and peace.
What is more, we do not enter merely as subjects or even as friends.
We are welcomed as family!
Yes, Sundays are a reunion of the most glorious sort. Brothers and sisters bound by blood uniting together to see and savor the wonder and beauty of Jesus, the crucified and risen Lamb.
With that spirit, we gather in the presence of God with confidence. Not confidence in our goodness but in his grace, and grace alone. His blood has been shed. We are forgiven and reconciled to him and one another.
So, as you look around the room, don’t miss the blood.
Soli Deo Gloria!