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03 April 2012 by Matt Gumm

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

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 9:11-15 (ESV)

Jesus knew that Friday was coming; he knew what he would endure on the Cross. Scripture says that he "despised the shame" of it.

He knew that he, the sinless lamb, would be making a sacrifice, and bringing forth the substance of thousands of years of types and shadows. His offering was made once for all time, and through it, the new covenant was ushered in, and eternal redemption was secured.

Jesus not only saw past Friday to Sunday—past the Cross to the Resurrection—but all the way to the end, when the redemption he secured would finally and fully be realized, his death providing our inheritance forever.