In God’s new covenant with the people of Israel, he promised forgiveness and salvation to all who believe. The prophet Jeremiah had spoken about this. Jesus Christ came to fulfil that covenant and to ratify it with his blood. This is the blood of the covenant, the blood of Jesus, which was shed for many, that is, for all who believe. And when we partake of the cup of the Lord's Supper along with the bread, in a way we once again share in the suffering and death of Jesus, and remember again how he gave his life for us so that we may receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life. The blood of the Old Testament was shed only for the Jews. The blood of the new covenant, however, was shed for many, that is, for the whole world.