the blood of Jesus explained

Facts about blood:

If you’re a kid, your heart is about the same size as your fist, and if you’re an adult, it’s about the same size as two fists.

In one day, your blood travels nearly 12,000 miles.

Your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year.

During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.

Your body has about 5.6 liters (6 quarts) of blood.

This 5.6 liters of blood circulates through the body three times every minute.

In one day, your blood travels a total of 19,000 km (12,000 miles)–that’s four times the distance across the US from coast to coast.

Your heart pumps roughly 1 million barrels of blood during the average lifetime – enough to fill three supertankers.

Without blood you can’t live. Blood is essential for bodily life; as long as it flows in the body, the body is alive, but blood outside the body, indicates a threat to life, even the possibility of loss of life. Often the loss of blood in the human body can be a reference to a violent death.

Many people don’t like talking about blood. It’s kind of shocking and for many, they get queasy or sick when they see it. It can be a challenging topic to talk about but in the Bible, Blood plays a significant role throughout both the Old and New Testaments and in the life of God’s people. From Genesis chapter 3 on, blood is shed because of sin. Because life is in the blood – when life is taken blood is required to make restitution for the life taken. Blood is used to establish a covenant between God and man. In this case, it becomes the blood of the covenant. In Leviticus 14 God ordained that blood be used for ritual cleansing. Blood is used to purify parts of the tabernacle in the book of Exodus to designate them holy to the Lord. Blood is required for the payment of sin – in a sin offering an animal’s blood is shed and it is offered up as a sacrifice. In this sense the life of the animal is offered up in substitution for the person making the sacrifice. When blood is shed it does not mean simply cutting a hand so one bleeds. When blood is shed it often refers to a violent death or taking of life. Blood is needed to pay for sin. It’s either our blood or the blood of another, usually an animal. In Old Testament times, animal sacrifices were sufficient for a person’s sin offering. But in the New Testament, we find out that in reality, it was impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Our own blood was needed to pay for our own sins but we could not do that and God knew it. So, Jesus Christ came to give his life in our place so that we might live.

What do we mean by the shed blood of Jesus? While he did bleed and shed blood was needed for the forgiveness of sins, the term “the blood of Jesus” is a reference to the violent sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross for the sins of humanity (that’s you and me and everybody else). It is not the blood itself that saves because Jesus had normal human blood as we all do. There is no magical power in the blood itself but rather it plays a symbolic role in that by Jesus shedding his blood, as a sinless man, through his violent sacrificial death on the cross, the wrath of God towards sin and sinful man is both averted and the penalty for our sin is wiped out. We are set free from sin and its hold on our lives, our sins are forgiven, we are reconciled to God and given access to him because of the blood of Christ, or his death on the cross.

The background on this is found in several places in the Old Testament. In Exodus 12 God gave the people of Israel specific instructions on what they needed to do to protect themselves from the Angel who would strike down the first born of Egypt due to Pharaoh’s refusal to let Israel come out of slavery. For Israel to protect themselves they had to sacrifice a lamb and put its blood on the head and side post so that the Angel would Passover them. This is what the blood of Jesus does for us in relation to our sin – it protects us from the wrath of God judgment toward sin and sinful humanity.

Later after the giving of the Law God instituted specific rituals and sacrifices the people of Israel needed to perform to deal with their sins. Hebrews 9:22 tells us, “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” So some of the sacrifices people needed to perform involved sacrificing an animal as a payment for sin. In Leviticus 17:11 God tells Moses “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.” Here God is saying that blood is needed to pay for sin. If we back up just a bit Leviticus 4 describes the parts of the sin offering. (Read Lev 4:1-3). Here we see an animal’s life had to be sacrificed as a payment for sin. This makes me wonder if the first animal sacrifice for sin was in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned and God had to kill an animal to make clothing for them? (Gen 3:21 “garments of skins”).  When the tabernacle was being built and the priesthood was being established everything was purified with the blood of bulls and goats – for things to be purified they had to be “cleansed” with sacrificial blood. All of these things were what are called types – a foreshadowing of what Jesus Christ would do as the Messiah. He fulfilled all these things in his ministry in the world and through his sacrificial death on the cross.

It is through the blood of Christ that we have redemption from sin, the forgiveness of sins and access to God through reconciliation. Christ’s work on the cross redeems us from our sins and reconciles us to God giving us access to him because of Jesus’ sacrificial offering on our behalf. When Jesus died on the cross his shed blood set us from slavery to sin and its hold on our lives. The cross reconciled us to God and gave us access to a relationship with God because of Christ shed blood.

In talking about the blood of Christ I want to show that through the blood of Christ have redemption the forgiveness of sins. In light of our redemption I want to show that through the blood of Christ we have reconciliation with God and we have access to a relationship with God.

Through the blood of Christ, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Redemption means to “buy back” or “buy out of” in order to set free by the payment of a ransom price. For example one may go to the store to redeem a coupon and get a lower price on a product. Through the blood of Christ our sin has been paid for. Through this payment for our sins on our behalf Jesus bought us out of our slavery to sin and its hold on our lives. Romans 3:23 states that,

“all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.”

Because of our sin, we live in slavery to that sin and by our own efforts are not able to break free from its grip on our lives. In essence, we are sinners not just by what we do but by who we are. Apart from Christ, it defines who we are: sinners. Because of this, it make things difficult for us. We live in slavery to sin. We do what it tells us to do. For example, let’s look at Romans 7:14-21.  I believe this is a good description of a person’s life in slavery to sin. We want to do good but often we can’t or at least not for long. We do the things we don’t want to do. The things we want to do we can’t because of our slavery to sin. So what do we do? We can’t do much can we? Not apart from Christ. The only way we can be free from slavery from sin is to trust Jesus’ work on the cross on our behalf. It is only because of Christ’s work on the cross that we are able to be free from sin – in this sense, we have redemption and forgiveness of sins. Ephesians 1:7 tells us that

“in Christ, we have redemption through his blood the forgiveness of sins.”

As I noted, redemption means to “buy back” or “buy out of” in order to set free by the payment of a ransom price. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23,

“you were bought at a price.”

Through our redemption we have what is called justification. Justification means that because Jesus gave his life on the cross on our behalf we are made right with God. (By the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross we are declared righteous and made righteous) (Romans 5:9) through which he are sanctified or made holy in God’s sight. Heb 13:12 tells us that Jesus gave his life to make us holy and acceptable to God.

To further my case, let my share just a few other significant verses: Acts 20:28 Paul tells the Ephesian elders in his farewell speech

“Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”

1 Pet 1:18-19 states,

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the emptyway of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

Revelation 1:5; John starts out his letter to the seven churches, “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever!” Revelation 5:9; “And they sang a new song, saying:

Revelation 5:9; “And they sang a new song, saying:

“And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God members of every tribe and language and people and nation.’”

Through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross at Calvary, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins which allows God’s wrath to be averted and sin to be atoned for so that we could be reconciled to God and be at peace with him who loves us and bought us with his own blood.

Through the blood of Christ, we have been reconciled to God (Eph 2:13). Because of our sin, we are separated from God and at enmity with him. God is a holy God and cannot and will not allow sin or sinful beings in his presence. Our sin makes us God’s enemies. But through the Christ’s shed blood on the cross we are reconciled to God and made right with him. It is the blood of Christ alone that makes is acceptable to God not anything we do. It is the shed blood of Christ that bridges the gap and reconciles us to God in a right relationship with him. In essence the effort of reconciliation this is the work of God himself. God sent his son into the world that he might reconcile the world to himself through Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.” Colossians 1:21 and 22 read, “Once you were alienated from God and were

Colossians 1:21 and 22 read, “Once you were alienated from God and were

“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” We’ve been reconciled to God through Christ shed blood on the

We’ve been reconciled to God through Christ shed blood on the Cross – when we trust in Christ we are no longer seen as God’s enemies. Our own sin alienates us from God and mars our conscience so that not only sin alienates us from God but we ourselves run from him. But through the blood of Christ our consciences are made clean and we no longer keep running from God but towards him. Read with me Romans 5:9-11. Christ blood makes us right with God and through that justification we are reconciled to God. Let’s look at Hebrews 9:11-14. Remember I mentioned that the blood of bulls and goats wasn’t good enough? Only the blood of Christ is sufficient to cleanse us our consciences and sinful deeds that lead to death. What is going on here is what we refer to as the cleansing power of the blood. Through the shed blood of Jesus our consciences are cleansed and we are reconciled to God!

This alienation however does not just affect us and God, it also affects our relationships with fellow humans. When we are not right with God we are often in a problem with other people. But the blood of Christ breaks the separation and brings reconciliation between but man and God and man and man! This was the case between Jews and Gentiles in New Testament times. Paul wrote to the Ephesian church that the separation between Jew and Gentile has been bridged by the by the blood of Christ. (Look at Ephesians 2:11-18). Those who were near and those who were far off have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ. Through the blood of Christ we have been made right with God and reconciled to God so that we can be in a relationship with him. It is through the blood of Christ that we can have a right relationship with both God and man.

Through the blood of Christ, we have access to a relationship with God (Eph 2:18; Heb 4:14-16; 10:19-22; 12:2). It is only because of what Jesus did for us on the cross that we can have a relationship with God. Jesus made the way possible through the shedding of his own blood. Through Christ we have access to God. Without him there is no way but Jesus made a way. As we read in Ephesians 2:18, through Christ we have access to God by the Holy Spirit. This work of Christ justifies us and allows us to have peace with God. Romans 5:1-2 read,

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we [a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”

Let’s look at Hebrews 4:14-16. Jesus has gone through the heavens and made it possible for us to approach God and obtain mercy and grace. Look at Hebrews 10:19- 22. By the blood of Jesus a new and living way has been made for us to approach God and be in relationship with him. We can confidently draw near to God with sincere hearts and a clean conscience. When Jesus bore our sins, he made a way to God. Bearing the sins of many Jesus, our new Moses and new Joshua, has gone ahead to provide perfect access to the Father through the blood of his covenant (Heb 13:20; 12:24; Ex 24:8).

It is through the blood of Christ that we have redemption from sin, the forgiveness of sins and access to God through reconciliation. Christ’s work on the cross redeems us from our sins and reconciles us to God giving us access to him because of Jesus’ sacrificial offering on our behalf. When Jesus died on the cross his shed blood set us from slavery to sin and its hold on our lives. The cross reconciled us to God and gave us access to a relationship with God because of Christ shed blood.

Hebrews 13:20-21

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you witheverything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessings,

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