Young man: “The blood, the blood, the blood. You’re always talking about the blood.”
Old man: “I won’t talk too much about the blood, because you can’t talk too much about the blood.” (see Jon Courson teaching 2/8/12)
The blood. God Himself spoke of it:
He said to Cain, Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. (Genesis 4:10)
He said to Moses, 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. (Leviticus 17:11)
God told the Israelites to wet their door jambs with blood. He said, The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. And all of Israel’s first born were saved. (Exodus 12:13)
God’s word says, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)
God through Jesus’ disciple John said, the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 KJV)
And there’s more. More scriptures about the blood. Many more. It’s obvious that God is serious about the blood. It’s plain that the blood is of the highest importance to Him. But why? How does this blood thing work anyway?
I don’t know.
When you don’t know, the right thing to say is, I don’t know.
What I do know is that the Lord Himself has made it clear that there’s something very special about the blood. And I also know that it makes no sense for me to judge God’s word or His ways. If He declares that the blood is important and I don’t understand it, that doesn’t change the fact that the blood is important. It’s the slipperiest of slopes to move from receiving God’s word as your judge to putting yourself in the position of judging God’s word. Watch people’s lives. Watch the lives of those who genuinely receive God’s word. And then watch those who decide what they’d like to accept and what they’d like to reject from the scriptures. The proof is in the fruit.
My last post included a quote from Napoleon Bonaparte. He said, “I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man.” Jesus Christ is no mere man. He’s the very Son of God. And Jesus Christ’s blood is no mere blood. By receiving it, by accepting it, the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 KJV)
We all fail. We all fall. We fail, we fall because it’s inherent in our nature. It’s simply a part of the package. It comes with being human. But there’s a way. A way out. You can receive God’s sacrifice on your behalf and be cleansed of all your failures and wrongdoings. You can be absolved of that mistake you made. When Christ was on the cross God looked at Him as though He was you. He was there in your place. Jesus’ blood paid the price for your failures. After receiving Christ, God looks at you as though you’re in Jesus. He no longer recognizes your wrongdoings.
There’s nothing to lose and eternity to gain.