The Shedding of Blood

nailed800wh.jpgHebrews 9:22-24 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 

This morning, I thank God for the shed blood of Christ. I know some have downplayed the importance of the blood. Some have preached that Christ could’ve been strangled and still been our substitute and mediator. But if the verse above is true, His blood must have been shed, and I’m thankful that it was! Without the shedding of blood, “there is no remission (pardon, deliverance, forgiveness, liberty)”. Leviticus 17:11 tells us that it is blood that makes the atonement for the soul. Col 1:14 tells us that we have redemption “through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”. Romans 5:9 reminds us that we are “now justified by his blood”. In Exodus He said “when I see THE BLOOD, I will pass over you” – a beautiful picture of what Christ’s work would do for us, and His blood that would be “sprinkled” on us – causing God to pass over our sins and accept us.

I thank the Lord that though He didn’t deserve it, and though He didn’t have to, and though I should’ve been on that cross, He shed His blood for us. He walked Calvary’s hill. He bore the cross. He was nailed to that cross. And His blood – of necessity – and out of love for us and obedience to the Father, was spilt, as the One and perfect sacrifice. Might we not lose sight of the importance of the blood. Might we praise Him for it today.

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