Lord's Day Liturgy

Outfitted by Blood

Communion is both a respite from conflict and a resource for engaging conflict.

The benefits we get from the covenant are all by blood; the “God of peace” sent His Son into trouble to conquer trouble. The crown of thorns and the cross of wood come before the tombstone was rolled away.

Jesus told His disciples that they would have trouble, but that they’d go into that trouble with His peace (John 14:27). The death and resurrection of Christ purchased our equipment.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20–21 ESV)

There’s two things here.

First, the letter to the Hebrews contrasts the temporary Mosaic Covenant of law with the eternal covenant, also called the “better” covenant (Hebrews 7:22), with better promises, and a perfect High Priest. The benefits we share in Christ because of His purchase of the New Covenant are eternal.

Second, the peace is purchased by Christ’s blood. The peace was won through conflict, through Jesus’ mockery and torture and crucifixion, and it secured what we need for the life of faith we live now. The benefits we share in Christ are enabling, outfitting us to run with endurance the race that is set before us.