It’s all about the blood, people! wait, Evan, that’s pretty morbid. No, it is not “morbid,” it’s truth, it’s life, and heres why:
First, what is bood, it’s purpose and significance? Blood is “the red liquid that circulates in the arteries and veins of humans and other vertebrate animals, carrying oxygen to and carbon dioxide from the tissues of the body” (Google). yes, Evan, we know blood is red and transports oxygen to and from our organs! Yes, we’re well aware of this fact. Blood is our life-force, the “gasoline” by which we move and have our being, Loose too much and just as an engine dies without adequate fuel so too we being living machines expire: blood is important!
Blood is not just important biologically, blood is a cental theme in Scripture, and the source of our redeemed lives in Christ. Do a quick reference to the occurence of the word in Scripture and you’ll see this reality. “blood” is referenced. In the King James version of the bible quite lot: “blood occurs 447 times in 375 verses in the KJV” (blue letter bible). The Bible is drenched in blood! why we must ask?
Our God is absolutely holy, and any act commited against Him must be atoned for. The Old Testament laws are filled with directions for offerings of animals for sin offerings, guilt offerings, and fellowship offerings. The nation of Israel sacrificed enormous numbers of animals to purify the people of guilt. The cost of sin requires the letting of blood for the offense. As Hebrews 9:22 explains, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
As believers in The Risen Jesus we are washed in His blood, clothed with the perfection of Christ, and offered up as a pleasing offering to The Father. It is indeed ALL ABOUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS! without it we would remain in our sins and have to pay the penalty ourselves.
The Old Testaments rituals of sacrifice were a telling of the seriousness of sin before a Holy God, and the picture of the sacrificial systems ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. Jesus, the Unblemished Lamb of God did by offering Himself for sacrifice at Calvary, what “… is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4). What we could not, and can not do ourselves, God did for us!
“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.”
“‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth, because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off”(Leviticus 17:11-14).
“The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:1-10).
“This righteousness is given through faith inJesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus “(Romans 3:22-26)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Most, Holy Merciful God, praise You for Your provision! Our sins are always before us, having no way to cleanse ourselves. In your absolute wisdom and love, You have provided the necessary sacrifice for us. We praise, thank, and adore You: bless You Lord for the blood of Jesus! May we be always thankful, set apart as we are, and boldly tell of Jesus’ supreme sacrifice and rhe reconciliation offered only through Him. In Your Blessed Son Jesus’ name. Amen