Until such time as one needs a transfusion, the importance of blood may not be fully appreciated. Intellectually, however, we know that we cannot live without a sufficient supply of healthy blood. Long before modern medicine uncovered this fact, the Lord revealed as much, saying, “the life of the flesh is in the blood…” (Lev. 17:11). When it comes to blood, we need just the right kind.
In the spiritual realm, only the blood of Jesus can cleanse the soul of sin. The inspired writer of Hebrews tells us that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (Hb. 9:22). But, not just any blood will do the job. In fact, the same writer goes on to tell us that “it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hb. 10:4). Nothing but the blood of Jesus can do that! As He instituted the Lord’s Supper, Jesus said, “this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins…” (Mt. 26:28). If we would be saved, we must wash our “robes and make them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14).
Blood is the central feature in God’s plan for redeeming the human race. In Genesis 3:21, we learn that, after the fall, animals were slain to make coverings for Adam and Eve. Perhaps, this is an indication that animal sacrifices had been offered for their transgression. Abel’s sacrifice involved blood and was acceptable to God (Gen. 4:4). Through his faithful offering, Abel continued to speak even in the days when Jesus walked the earth (Hb. 11:4). Throughout the Old Testament, animals were slain upon the altar of sacrifice. When God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, blood was sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of their homes, providing the means whereby the inhabitants of that house might escape the sentence of death connected to the Lord’s final plague upon Egypt (Ex. 12:3-7). In ratifying the Law of Moses, blood was sprinkled on the people, the book of the Law, the tabernacle and all its furnishings (Ex. 24:6-8).
But, blood appeared in all its power when Jesus died upon the cross of Calvary. In that selfish sacrifice, Jesus nailed the Old Covenant to the cross (Col. 2:14). By means of His death, Jesus brought into force a new and better covenant (Hb. 9:15-16; 8:6). Today we live under the New Testament of Christ and enjoy the benefit of spiritual cleansing as we walk in the light of His teachings (1 Jn. 1:7).
It is essential that we understand the importance of the blood of Jesus Christ. It is at the very heart of our faith and right standing with God. Our soul’s eternal destiny is dependent upon a proper understanding and personal application of the blood of Jesus Christ to our hearts. BY GLEN ELIOT at https://www.tyngsborochurchofchrist.org/?p=1734
“GOD LOVES YOU AND I LOVE YOU AND THAT’S THE WAY IT’S GONNA BE!” – MIKE