“When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption” ( Hebrews 9:11-12 )
One of the most amazing truths throughout the entire Bible and a marvelous theme in the book of Hebrews is that our sins are completely paid for, eternally forgiven, forgotten and removed from all records. In fact, the writer of Hebrews mentions this idea so many times in chapters 8, 9 and 10 that it is impossible to miss. Jesus has obtained eternal redemption for those who put saving faith in Him.
If we have been redeemed, it is important for us to understand what it is. In the Old Testament redemption was the process of buying something back For instance if a person sold a piece of property to another, by law, the seller or a family member could redeem their land so that no family would be without their inheritance ( Leviticus 25:23-25 ). If they didn’t have the means to for redemption then everything was returned to them in the Year of Jubilee ( Leviticus 25:28 ). This principle applied to land, people and possessions. The Law made it possible for the next of kin, also known as “kinsman redeemer” to rescue a person or property ( Leviticus 25:47-55 ). Redemption was a family matter.
Mankind was sold into slavery in the Garden of Eden. Adam, God’s representative for mankind, had been given full authority and possession of the earth ( Genesis 1:28-30 ). Everything belonged to him. He transferred this birthright to Satan when he ate from the tree that God instructed him not to ( Genesis 2:16-17 ). According to the Law of the Kinsman Redeemer only a relative could redeem or purchase back that which was lost or sold. In other words, mankind was the only one who could provide this redemption. This is why Jesus came in the flesh, fully God and fully man ( Isaiah 59:16, John 1:14 ). Jesus became our brother so Adam and all mankind could be redeemed ( Hebrews 2:11 )
Jesus has been called the second Adam because He was able to undo everything that the first Adam did. As God’s second representative for mankind, He came and restored mankind’s birthright through the redemption process. “Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men” ( Romans 5:18 ). Jesus acted as our Kinsman Redeemer and purchased back everything that mankind lost in the garden.
Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer, this is an amazing truth! He did not enter into the man-made tabernacle but into the Most Holy Place in the heavenly tabernacle in the very presence of God the Father to redeem us. His blood was the entrance fee to intercede on our behalf before God in Heaven ( Hebrews 9:12 ). His blood was poured on the Mercy Seat to atone and cleanse us from our sin ( Hebrews 9:14 ). He is the mediator guaranteeing our eternal inheritance because He died as a ransom to set free, rescue and deliver us from all transgressions under the first covenant ( Hebrews 9:15 ). He has done away with sin once for all by his perfect sacrifice ( Hebrews 9:26 ). And lastly He has restored the relationship between God and mankind eternally ( Hebrews 10:19-22 ).
All of this was accomplished by the law of the Kinsman Redeemer. And because Jesus is the second Adam, He was able to eternally secure our redemption. His blood was the purchase price which paid for an everlasting release from sin, death and judgment. This makes Jesus the pinnacle of history, the most significant person in all of humanity. He is the eternal God and the Savior of the world. Jesus is the reason we have life and the reason we have eternally been redeemed!