Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. (Hebrews 9:15)
I have previously been confused by all the ritual sacrifices and offerings that God required during the days of the tabernacle. Why does God require that an animal be sacrificed in order for us to receive forgiveness? God has made us joint heirs of righteousness with Christ, but inheritance does not take affect until a death occurs. The sacrifices represented the death of Jesus. When He died for us, we were able to receive His righteousness. But the new covenant that Jesus establishes requires that we lay down ourselves so that we would be saved not from our sinful deeds, but from our sinful nature. Father, thank you for the new covenant that you have made that relies on a living relationship with Jesus. Thank you for giving your life for me so that I may inherit your righteousness.