But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
The physical Mount Zion was the highest point in ancient Jerusalem. It is located south of the Old City's Armenian Quarter but was a picture of the heavenly city of Jerusalem. This is the New Jerusalem that John speaks of in Revelation 21. In this New Jerusalem, angels are constantly praising God. It is a place where God dwells with men and the way was opened by the blood of Jesus Christ. The blood of Christ is superior to the blood of the animal that Abel sacrificed. On the Day of Pentecost, a day that had before marked the giving of the Law, three thousand people received eternal life through the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). We see a huge contrast in the fact that the law (Mt. Sinai) brought fear and death while joy and eternal life came through Mount Zion. Even today, those who struggle with legalism are walking around in fear that they will mess up and lose their salvation. Those that keep their eyes focused on the finished work of Christ can walk in joy.