Not a lot of people talk about the blood of Jesus. It’s mentioned 427 times in the Bible. From the first book of the Bible, right up to the last one. Everything about your relationship with God is wrapped up in the precious blood of Jesus.
1 Peter 1:17-21 says “And remember that your heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favourites when he judges. He will judge you with perfect justice for everything you do; so act in reverent fear of him from now on until you get to heaven. God paid a ransom to save you from the impossible road to heaven which your fathers tried to take, and the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver as you very well know.
But he paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but only recently was he brought into public view, in these last days, as a blessing to you. Because of this, your trust can be in God who raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. Now your faith and hope can rest in him alone”.
Jesus did not come as an accident, He came as a part of the awesome plan of God to redeem you and me.
Why is the blood of Jesus so important
Leviticus 17:11 says – “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given you the blood to sprinkle upon the altar as an atonement for your souls; it is the blood that makes atonement because it is the life” Our body without blood is like a corpse. There is no life in it. When you take out the blood of Jesus from the Bible, it becomes just a book of history and literature and events.
Even at the beginning of the Bible, when Adam and Eve sinned against God and confessed what they had done, God told them what the consequences would be and placed skins upon them to cover their nakedness. The skins were from an animal which meant the animal had to die and the blood shed for their sins.
From the very beginning of the Bible, blood was an important thing. Not only did God deal with the sins of Adam and Eve on the basis of shedding blood, but also in Exodus during the last plague, God saved his children by telling them to apply the blood of an unblemished male lamb to their door post. The angel of death moved over every house that had the blood applied to the doorposts, but those houses that did not have the blood applied, saw the first born in their family die.
All of the sacrifices in the old testament were a foreshadowing of what was to come. The Bible says that the blood of animals cannot take away sin, but it was a foreshadowing of an ultimate sacrifice that would take away the sins of the whole world. God is holy and just. God is light and in Him, there is no darkness. God showed us all along in the old testament that the wages of sin is death and blood has to be shed for the forgiveness of sins.
God made it clear that He is holy and sin will be punished. In order for sin to be dealt with, it takes life, the shedding of blood to do it. The whole sacrificial system of the old testament had one message: God is holy, God judges sin, and in order for sin to be judged there has to be death which means the shedding of blood.
Why is the blood of Jesus so precious
Jesus wasn’t just a man born in Bethlehem; He was and is the Son of God. Jesus came to be the eternal sacrifice for our sins. He was born of a virgin, which meant He had no earthly father. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, which meant there was no sin transferred to Him from Adam. Jesus was the sinless Son of God, sent by God the Father for a specific mission to be the perfect, unblemished sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
We have all sinned, our blood is tainted by sin and evil. Only the pure, precious, sinless, holy blood of Jesus can be accepted as a perfect and holy sacrifice for our sins. All the animal sacrifices before were just a foreshadowing to the ultimate sacrifice of the lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Every single person on the planet needs the blood of Jesus, for the forgiveness of sins. Apart from the blood of Jesus, you cannot have a relationship with God. Without the blood of Jesus, you will die in your sins.
With the blood of Jesus, we have redemption.
Jesus has purchased you and me by shedding His blood for our sins. He paid our price so that we no longer have to be slaves to sin. God the father accepted the sacrifice of His son Jesus as a substitute for us. We are therefore redeemed and have access to God through the blood of Jesus.
Jesus satisfied the wrath of God, that was to come upon all of us, because of our sins. The righteous law of God says that every soul that sins shall die. We are all sinners and therefore our souls are destined to die. But now that Jesus paid our sin debt in full on the cross, we can be free to be the children of God. Jesus bought us out! He satisfied the law and wrath of God.
By the blood of Jesus, we have been forgiven.
Ephesians 1:7-8 says “So overflowing is his kindness toward us that he took away all our sins through the blood of his Son, by whom we are saved; and he has showered down upon us the richness of his grace—for how well he understands us and knows what is best for us at all times.” We can now receive forgiveness from God for our sins on the basis of what Jesus did for us. God forgives you, not because you just ask him, but on the basis that His son went to the cross and shed his blood for your sins.
When you believe in Jesus Christ and acknowledge him as your savior and Lord and accept that He died on the cross for your sins, God applies the blood of Jesus on you and reconciles you to Himself. Without the blood of Jesus, there remains no other sacrifice that can reconcile you to God.
When we ask God to forgive us, His forgiveness comes, not because we say “I will do better” but only on the basis of what Jesus did on the cross. No matter how many sins you have committed, even the worst of them, the blood of Jesus is ENOUGH to cleanse, purify and save you. God, the father sent Jesus to suffer, bleed and die so that He can forgive you. Wow! Take a moment to just praise God for His awesome love for you and me.
We have been justified by the blood of Jesus.
God is holy and he must punish sin. He has to be true to himself. His law says the soul that sins shall die. God has to remain true to his own laws. Since we all have sinned, there is nothing to look forward to, but death and eternal separation from God. So how does God save us and still remain true to his own laws? By sending Jesus to die on our behalf and shedding his blood for our sins. Jesus died as our substitute, His death has been applied to us. Jesus paid your price in full on the cross.
You are now justified before God when you accept Jesus as your saviour. Note – Just because Jesus has set you free from sin and has made you righteous before God, doesn’t mean you now have a free license to sin. Remember, you are now God’s child and He will discipline you if you continue to sin. God sends you his Holy Spirit to enable you to obey and trust Him.
The blood of Jesus sanctifies you.
Sanctification is the process by which God sets you apart. This process will last until the day you die. The Holy Spirit will work in you daily to transform you into the image of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Access to the father.
The blood of Jesus has been applied to you and now you have access to God the father. So with praise and thanksgiving talk to our Heavenly Father daily. Pray, and let God love you.
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