There is Life in the Blood To Cover Our Sins
Some parts of the Bible you might find gross. Bulls, goats, and lambs sacrificed. All the battles and bloodshed going on. You may even have wondered why Jesus had to shed his blood. What is the importance of all the blood?
In order to understand let’s take a look at the beginning.
It’s Adam and Eve’s Fault
Everything started in the beginning with Adam and Eve. They sinned by eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In Genesis 3:21 we see that God made garments out of skins to clothe them. God had to kill some animal in order to provide those skins. He sacrificed an animal to cover their sin and shame.
Moving on to Genesis 4:1-7, Cain and Abel are giving offerings to God. Abel gives the best sheep out of his flock. The firstborn. Cain offers with “no regard”. Abel was sacrificing out of reverence and worship to God. This is one foreshadowing of a lamb being required for a sacrifice.
Then, in Genesis 4:8-12 we see Cain commit the first murder by killing Abel. The Lord says “your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.” Innocent blood curses Cain as well as the ground.
Here we see in two chapters, how blood covers sin, gives honor to God, and curses the one who unjustly sheds innocent blood. Blood has power and meaning to it.
Let’s continue to see what else the Bible tells us.
Exodus 12:1-28 is the story of Passover. God instructs the Israelites to sacrifice a lamb for each family. They were to take the blood of the lamb and cover their doorways. This was so the Death Angel would Pass-Over them and not harm that family. This story is significant because it foreshadows the coming of the Messiah. The Messiah would come, shed his blood to cover those in slavery to sin in order to set them free. Just as he had here with the Israelites.
As we move forward we see the sacrifices God required in Leviticus 16:1-34. Here, in particular, is the Day of Atonement. Israel is atoned for by the sacrifice of animals. The blood purified the people of their sins.
Looking at Leviticus 17: 11,14 we can now see why the blood is so important, the Bible is very clear. The blood makes atonement by the life that is in the blood.
The New Testament
Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he had foretold of his coming death and resurrection. In Matthew 26:26-29 Jesus and his disciples are having their Passover meal. Jesus here institutes the Lord’s Supper. This is the start of the New Covenant. The New Covenant is Jesus’s dying on the cross, shedding his blood to cover the world’s sins. This saves us from eternal death when we believe.
Two more verses describe this covenant. 1 Peter 1:18-21. We are bought from sin and death by Jesus precious blood.
Hebrews 9:22 even says everything is purified with blood. It also points out that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
What Will You Do?
The Bible is full of blood no doubt. But, Jesus’ shed blood gives eternal life and saves us from bondage to our sins.
Hebrews 9:12 tells us that Jesus has secured our eternal redemption through his blood. His precious blood covers our sins. When we believe in Jesus and follow him, God sees us as sinless.
I am thankful that Jesus came to take away my sins as well as the world’s sins from the past, present, and future. There is no sin that Jesus cannot cover or forgive. Please, take his hand and accept his free gift of forgiveness and grace. Accept his freedom over sin and death. Allow his wounds that he suffered for you to heal you. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
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Parts of this post were from Roger Barrier at www.preachitteachit.org