The Holy Bible tells us about the blood from Genesis to Revelation and many people wonder why God demands blood. Blood stands for life. When blood leaves your body that means life is gone.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
From the third chapter of Genesis, when man was in the Garden of Eden and he broke God’s Law, he rebelled against God and he found out that he was naked and God went out into the field and slew some animals and shed some blood in order to take the skin and cover their nakedness. From that moment on blood has been shed as a symbol of our salvation.
Cain and Abel had apparently been instructed how to worship God and Cain paid no attention, he brought some vegetables to God as an offering, God rejected it. Abel brought a blood sacrifice a calf and offered it to the Lord and God accepted it. Cain grew very angry and very jealous of his brother and slew him. That was the first murder and blood again was slain, shed in anger and war has been going on between brothers and the human race ever since. Jesus said there will be wars and rumours of wars till the end of time.
When Moses was down in Egypt, trying to get the people out of Egypt, trying to get them into the promise land. He was having this debate with Pharaoh. God said and you remember alright tell them I’m going to kill the first born in all of Egypt tonight. Tell the Jewish people to go out and slay a lamb without blemish and put the blood on the door post. When I see the blood I will Passover, not when I see the good works and that was the beginning of the Passover. God said when I see the blood I will Passover you.
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
There are several great words on the power and the value of the blood.
1. Redemption (which means deliverance)
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1 Peter 1:18-19(KJV)
The Bible teaches that we as a human race are in the pawnshop of the devil and by disobedience we’re enslaved spiritually under his authority. Unable to redeem ourselves, and Christ died on the cross and paid the price for our salvation and redeemed us by the giving of His own blood. He gave His blood to pay for our sins to redeem us and if you’re not under the blood you’re not going to heaven. You must be under the blood. Are you sure that, that experience has been yours? You have to repent of sin and receive Christ into your own heart.
2. Remission (which means forgiveness)
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
The blood you see is a shadow and the type in the Old Testament and it was sprinkled on the tabernacle, the vessels, the book, and the congregations annually and this action enabled God to forgive sins. Divine justice was satisfied and Divine mercy extended through the types of blood. And Jesus in His death on the cross made possible the forgiveness of sins through His blood. This is the heart of the gospel. There is no gospel but this.
3. Justification (which means to be free from blame, to be proven innocent.)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
We cannot do it ourselves its impossible. You can work all your life and do good works and pay money to the church, but that won’t justify you. The only thing that will justify you in heaven, on earth or in hell is the blood of Jesus Christ, and justification means also just as though you’re never sinned. That’s the power of the blood.
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Notice His Grace, Grace is unmerited favour, something we don’t deserve. We don’t deserve our sins forgiven, we don’t deserve to go to heaven, we’ll be honest with you, we don’t deserve it, we deserve hell, but we received forgiveness and justification and our names written in the Book of Life, and we are going to receive heaven forever because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1 John 1:7(KJV)
When you come to the cross not only does He cleanse all the past sins, but that blood is available for any present or future sins. So that you stand before God justified and pure ready to go to heaven. That’s a marvellous thing to have happen to you. God can no longer see yours sins. We’re cleansed by the blood in the spiritual realm. The process is that of repentance and faith to all who will forsake sin, God offers a new chance. Wouldn’t that be wonderful a brand new start in life to be born from above, to be born anew, to start over and all the past sins forgiven, that’s what God offers you.
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Because of the blood of Jesus Christ we can have peace. There are 3 types of peace spoken in the Bible. First is peace with God. He makes peace at the cross. Then there’s the peace of God the Holy Spirit produces in you, when you come to Christ you have a peace that you have never known before. Think of the restlessness in the world today. Among so many of us, the pressures that we live under but to think of having peace in the midst of it all and then there is peace between nations and that’s going to happen someday when Jesus comes back again and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You can have that peace here and now. In the midst of the troubles and trials, and discouragements of life and the pressures of life you can have the peace of God which passeth all understanding.
If you have pardon from God you can stand before anything in this world with peace in your heart, because if you’re ready to die you’re ready to live. And you’ve already been pardoned because of Christ free pardon for sin, we’re not afraid of anything at the judgement because of the blood of Christ.
It was all done at the cross; it saves sinners like you and me. Is the blood of Jesus Christ sprinkled on the door of your heart? Will the judgement of God Passover you? Or are you going to face the judgement of God? Which of it is it going to be?
With Blessing in Christ,
David & Gay