The Blood of Jesus
Previously we looked at blood as the life substance of the individual and how God requires a blood debt for any innocent blood shed. If that debt was not paid, there would come a time when God’s judgment would fall on the land that carried the debt. Now we will look at blood as the redeeming substance, the atonement for the soul.
Leviticus 17: 10-12 says 10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. 11 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.
God commanded the priest of the Old Testament to take a young bullock or lamb without blemish and sprinkle the blood seven times before the Lord as a sin offering unto the Lord (Leviticus 4: 1-6). God is the great record keeper of sin and the blood is offered to God, not man. The blood does not change man but changes God by applying a cleansing effect on the judgment God holds over us for sin. The Jewish priest made atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year Lev 16:34, but even this was temporary until sin could be atoned for by the blood of the one true and perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ.
In the New Testament, Christ came to offer His blood for the atonement of our soul. When we sin against God, we come under a death sentence, our blood should be shed, but Jesus came in the flesh to obtain human blood in order to substitute His blood for ours. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins Mat 26:28 . Christ’s blood was pure and innocent, and only innocent blood can atone. When Judas betrayed Jesus, he knew he had betrayed “innocent blood” (Matthew 27:1-5).
It is the shedding of blood that covers the debt of sin and nothing else. Hebrew 9:12-14 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Water baptism, works, praying a sinner’s prayer, repenting of all your sins, or any other form of atonement will not suffice. Remember from the previous paper there is no satisfaction for the guilty; there is only blood for blood….and without shedding of blood is no remission Heb 9:22. The only righteous blood since the fall of Adam was Jesus, and the only way we have a right to enter into the presence of God is by His blood.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus – Hebrews 10: 18-19.
The bible is packed full with scripture telling of the necessity for blood as the only atonement for sin. Below are just a few:
Act 20:28…. to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins
1Jo 1:7 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
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood
Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Remembers Abel’s blood crying out to God for vengeance after Cain had killed him? Jesus blood says vengeance is served; the debt is paid. Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
All peoples of the world have in their conscience recognized the need for shedding of blood to pay the guilt. Blood is retained on the head of rapist and murders in every country of the world. Many of the world religions have adopted some form of shedding of blood, much of the time by the way of human sacrifice with the blood running down and caught in a basin to be applied in some way for atonement. Witch doctors sit in front of a fire holding a chicken, slitting its’ throat and catching the blood in a cup and hands to the sinner to drink of its’ innocence while other groups take their babies and throw them to the crocodiles to eat, appeasing the river gods. This practice has happened throughout the entire world and the history of mankind.
Only Christianity teaches it is blood outside of our own that makes atonement. Only Christianity teaches that God Himself shed His own blood for the atonement of our soul, that there is no need to kill anything, but to accept the finished work; believe and live.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Of all the religions of the world, only the Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple enough that even a child can understand and believe. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life Jhn 3:16.
In the words of the late Grant R. Jeffery “As the prophetic clock ticks down toward the final midnight hour, the invitation of Christ is still open: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me Rev 3:20.
Sometimes the Devil allows people to live a life free of trouble ’cause he doesn’t want them turning to God.
Your Sin is like a jail cell, except it’s all nice and comfy, and there doesn’t seem to be any need to leave.
The door’s wide open ’till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut and suddenly… it’s too late.
– God’s Not Dead
Do you believe He shed His innocent blood for the atonement of your soul? Will you this minute, accept Jesus’ as your Lord and Savior…….or will you choose to let the door shut……