You have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, . . . and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22-23, 24)
By royal decree, no one could enter the throne room of the Persian king, Ahasuerus, unless they had been summoned—upon pain of death....
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