“It’s the river of forgiveness to wash away our sin…”
So far, we’ve learned what would happen if we took the blood out of Easter and the Passover. Yesterday, we saw what would happen if we took the blood out of the Bible. Today, I want to focus on what happens when you put the blood in something. (Mainly, our lives for the purpose of redemption.)
In Matthew 26:28, Jesus Christ said, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
What a statement! Surely, if the blood is this important, we should know what it does when we apply it to our lives. The outline below is from A. B. Simpson, and highlights seven important things that the blood of Jesus Christ performs in our lives. The blood saves, but it also does a lot more than just that! Don’t you think we ought to know what those things are? Okay, so let’s find out!
#1 – Redeeming Blood. Just like the blood on the door posts in Egypt kept Israel safe from judgment and redeemed the firstborn – Jesus Christ redeemed us by His blood on Calvary. Blood on the door posts…blood on the cross.
#2 – Atoning Blood. In the Tabernacle, there was an altar of burnt offerings, the blood shed on this altar was the atoning blood. The redeeming blood bought us – but this blood, the atoning blood, washes away our guilt. Simpson calls it “the blood that meets our obligations.” Blood on the altar.
#3 – Cleansing Blood. In Leviticus 14 we see what was required of a leper to be cleansed. Leprosy is a great example of what sin does in our lives. Lepers had to cry, “Unclean, unclean!” – When they came in contact with non-lepers. Sin makes us unclean spiritually. In Isaiah chapter six, Isaiah was caught up to the throne room of Almighty God, take a guess at what he said in verse five! “Woe is me! For I am undone: because I am a man of unclean lips…” In the presence of the Holy One, we too would cry out the lepers call, “Unclean! Unclean!” – because of our iniquity. But the cleansing blood takes care of that…it is the blood on the leper. (This is important because if the leprosy represents sin, and we all are sinners according to Romans 3:23, we are all, in a sense, lepers.)
#4 – Covenant Blood. We are told in Hebrews 9:19 that Moses took blood and sprinkled it on a book. This blood sealed the covenant. A. B. Simpson says this about the covenant blood. “The blood of Jesus is on our Bibles, on the commandments, on all the promises. There is not a promise in the Bible that the blood of Jesus Christ hasn’t touched, endorsed, and purchased for us.” It’s the blood on the book.
#5 – Consecrating Blood. When the priests were consecrated for service in the Tabernacle, their right thumb, right ear and right toe were touched with blood. They were set apart to do a work for the Lord. So we also, are set apart for Him. In contrasts to the priests, it has been said, “Let our right ears be consecrated to hear only for God, our right thumbs to work only for God and our right feet to walk only where Christ has walked before.” It is the blood on the priests.
#6 – Pleading Blood. Once a year, the High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and sprinkled the blood on the Mercy Seat to plead for the sins of the people. The blood Christ shed on Calvary saved us from the power of sin (death), yet, we still sin and are waiting to be saved from the presence of sin. (Absence of a sin nature – A.K.A. perfection. This will happen when Christ returns for the church and we are made like Him.) Until then, the blood of Christ pleads for us before the Father just like a lamb‘s blood did on the Mercy Seat in the Old Testament. It is the blood on the Mercy Seat.
#7 – Living Blood. This one is my favorite! Again, nothing but quoting A. B. Simpson’s own words will do! “The blood of Christ is the life of our souls. It is the life of our bodies. It is the quickening blood. Jesus not only died for us, but even today He has fresh life to impart to us every moment. In medicine, blood from one person may be transfused into another and the patient will receive new strength and life. So Jesus can put His living blood into us. Blood is not anything unless it is quickened by life. Pour that blood into a vessel, and it is putrid in a few hours. But pour it into someone’s veins, and it is a magnetic force of throbbing with life.”
So, what is the point of all this? What does it matter if the blood was on the book, or if it was consecrating, or cleansing? Here’s the point, plain and simple: we need the blood to do ALL seven of those things – without just one, God’s plan of redemption wouldn’t work. The blood had to be shed, atone, cleanse, seal, consecrate, plead and live for us. Not one of those things can stand alone – not one can be taken out. And what a God we serve – who took the time to plan all that out, and think it through, so that His ultimate plan would function flawlessly?! Yes, the blood forgives, cancels and purges our sin, but it also purchased every promise ever written in the Scripture for us – it pleads for us before the throne of God this very minute – it enables us to come before the throne ourselves…no longer do we cry “unclean, unclean,” but forgiven by the blood of the Lamb!