On this Good Friday, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.
Jesus, at the Last Supper and through His cross and resurrection, is both priest and sacrifice. Scott Hahn reflects on all the parallels between the holocaust offerings of the Old Testament and Christ’s offering. The reading for today digs deeply into the Letter to the Hebrews.
Not only does the epistle describe Christ’s offering in terms of sacrifice. Paul also describes the sacrifice in terms of inheritance:
Now where there is a will, the death of the testator must be established. For a will takes effect only at death; it has no force while the testator is alive. Heb. 9:16-17.
Christ had to die for the will to work because, as any estate planning attorney will tell you, a will only speaks at the death of the testator. So, Christ’s death was necessary for anyone to gain His “eternal inheritance.” Paul describes who the heirs are:
“Those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.” Heb. 9:15.
Who, then, is called to receive the eternal inheritance?
Jesus tells us:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matt. 28:19-20.
We all are heirs! Jesus told the Apostles to make disciples of everyone! And so, if I am to be an heir to the eternal promise, I need to behave as an heir.