Now may the God of peace Who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
[Editor's comment: This is one of my favorite benedictions. It was read by the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, at Princess Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997. She was the Princess of Wales, the country where my grandfather, John Thomas Morgan, was born. However, Carey left out the key phrase that makes all the difference: "though the blood of the everlasting covenant." Had I not memorized this benediction and pronounced it many times at the close of worship services in Air Force chapels and in our churches, I would not have picked up on the omission. It occurred to me that the missing message of Great Britain is the preaching of the Cross and the Blood of Jesus.
According to the BBC an estimated 2.5 billion people around the world watched Diana's funeral.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews, and I believe it was the Apostle Paul, he writes, "[In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins" (Hebrews 9:22,
The hymn writer penned these words, "What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus."
Have you been washed in the blood of the Lamb? You can this very day, if you will humbly come to the Cross of Jesus. He will meet you there, and the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity will apply the blood of Jesus to your soul and spirit. Then, you can sing, "I have been washed in the blood of the Lamb."
It is my prayer that you will be saved this day.