The Blood

Why did Jesus have to shed His blood for us?  We can start by going back to the beginning.  When Adam sinned and was sent from the garden things changed.  Fast forward from the garden to Matt. 4:8,9—”Again, the devil took him (Jesus) to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”

Satan had dominion over all the kingdoms of the world.  His was the kingdom of darkness.  We inherited a sin nature from the fallen Adam.  Rom. 3:23—”for all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God;” We grow up in this kingdom of darkness and become enslaved to sin.  Rom. 5:12—”Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, because all sinned.”  Rom. 5:17—” For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one;” and “Rom. 5:18—” So then as through one trespass there resulted condemnation to all men…”  

Satan is the accuser.  Before we accept Christ, imagine, if you will, a courtroom.  God is sitting behind the judge’s seat.  Down below, are two desks— one for the prosecutor and the other for the defense.  Each of us sits alone at the defense desk.  At the other desk sits the prosecution team.  We do not have an attorney, so we are helplessly trying to defend against the accusations constantly thrown our way.  Finally, God says, “Guilty as charged.  Because of your many sins you are condemned and will be enslaved to the accuser until you can pay your debt.”  Our ransom needed to get us out of our chains is too high.  We are doomed to a life in this kingdom of darkness.  Who will set us free?

There is only one way out of this prison of condemnation.  Eph. 1:7—”in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,”  Heb. 9:11/12—”But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption.”

When we accept Christ as our savior, we are trusting that His blood redeemed us.  He paid a debt He did not owe.  He got us out of prison with His shed blood.  And now we can sit in the same courtroom in front of the Judge with the accuser slinging accusations our way but this time the blood forms a wall between us and the accuser. The Holy Spirit is now our advocate.  God looks down, sees His Son’s blood, and says, “not guilty, there is no more condemnation.”  He has transferred us out of the kingdom of darkness into His kingdom of light through His blood.

Another amazing thing happens: Heb. 10:19—”Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus,” Heb. 10:22—”let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience:”  He has cleansed our conscience.  We can now enter into His Holy of Holies and come before Him with confidence. Not a confidence of our own but because His blood has paid our debt, we are now free from sin, made righteous by His grace.  This is beyond our human capability to comprehend– entering into the throne of grace of the Lord God Almighty.  By faith we can enter into His presence.  And by faith we can also trust we have a clean conscience.  

Tit. 1:15—”To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.”  When we lived in sin and darkness, our conscience was defiled.   But now, Heb. 10:17—”And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”  There is now a new creation in us, redeemed by His blood.  He is inviting us into His presence every day to celebrate our freedom from sin, to thank Him for making our conscience as white as snow, to praise Him for justifying us and making this new creation in His image, His righteousness.  If God says He no longer remembers our sins, we can have confidence and trust what He says.  How can this be?  If we remember our sins, how can God forget them?  When He looks at us, He sees the blood of Jesus, not our sins.  Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.  God no longer sees a wretch.  He sees a new creation, free from sin and made pure by the blood, “according to the riches of His grace.”  He sees who we are not what we have done or not done.

Lord, continue to open our eyes to behold the riches of your grace, to have confidence in your blood and to enter into your throne room to praise you and enjoy the peace of your presence.

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