Covenant of Redemption
Hebrews 13:20–21 (ESV), “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, 21 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.”
This eternal covenant mentioned in the book of Hebrews is called the covenant of redemption. As Daniel Montgomery writes,
“In eternity past, God chose to save undeserving sinners ‘to the praise of his glorious grace’(Eph. 1:5-6) now he is on a global rescue mission, chasing down undeserving rebels and changing their hearts so that they turn to him and freely submit to his kingship (Isa 43:5-7, Acts 16:14, Eph. 1:5, Rev. 5:9-10). By his grace, God transforms sinners into his beloved adopted children, filling the bank accounts of their identity with all the goodness of his Son, sealing their destiny by the power of the Spirit, and securing them on a journey that will not end until his splendor floods the earth like waters surging in the sea” (Ps. 72:19, Hab. 2:14, Rom. 2:24, 2 Cor. 1:21-22, Eph 1:4-5, 13-14
Peter shares with us,
“but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you…” (I Peter 1:19-20).
And John the apostle writes in Revelation,
“All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev. 13:9).
At some point in eternity past, I can imagine God the Father asking God the Son to give his life as a slain Lamb. From this eternal vantage point, I picture the Son as He slowly closed his eyes and bowed his head. I see tears slipping down his face as he pondered this monumental request of the Father. Silence must have filled the halls of glory…
He saw himself flung up on two stakes of wood, draped in bleeding flesh. He saw himself crushed with human sin and cast into the raging flames of God’s wrath and punishment. But He also saw something else. He saw a bride, taken from his wounded side and washed in His own blood. He saw himself rising and ascending to the throne, receiving a bride covered with His resurrection glory. He saw a bride who would love him and would live only to bring Him the reward of his sacrifice.
In fact he saw you, and he loved you even then; for the Bible says, “He chose us in him before the creation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). Before you were even born Christ looked into the Father’s cup of wrath and saw what would happen to you if He refused to drink it. The Bible says that all who reject Christ “will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath” (Rev. 14:10). I can imagine that He lifted up His head and looked into his Father’s eyes, love pouring from his heart, crying with all his might: “Yes Father, I will go! I will offer myself as the Lamb!”
I believe the Father is crying out today, “This is My Son! He will be honored for His sacrifice on the cross! His blood will be honored on earth as it is in heaven. My Son will receive the reward of His suffering as a Lamb!”