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. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive.
Hebrews 9:15-17, ESV
Our inheritance from Jesus was only His to give by His death—access to very presence of the Father.
Funny—I have never looked at my (our) inheritance as being willed to me, and the ONLY way I could obtain it was through death. Theologically, I have always understood its meaning, but in this context, it takes on new meaning. We COULD NOT HAVE received our inheritance by any means short of Jesus’ death. Gifts can be given by the living, but inheritance—the true legacy and access—can only be attained by death. It gives me renewed appreciation and understanding of His sacrificial death.
Thank You for my inheritance—passed on to me through Your Son. Help me to not squander my inheritance as the prodigal son, but be faithful to You, Your Son and Your Spirit all of my days and throughout eternity.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.