09 Nov 2018
The Precious Blood of Christ
The blood of Jesus, which He shed on Calvary for each one of us, is referred to in the New Testament as “precious” (1 Peter), “cleansing”, (1 John), “overcoming” (Revelation) and “sanctifying” (Hebrews). In Matthew 26:28, Jesus said:
“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is our only hope of salvation (see Hebrews 9:22). Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. It is the cancellation of the deserved penalty of our sin. We read that only Christ’s blood could obtain eternal redemption for us. Old Testament sacrifices did not have the power to save men from their sins.
Before the foundations of the world were created, God provided a spotless lamb as the perfect sacrifice for our redemption – Jesus – who, at just the right time, shed His blood for us on Calvary. He knew the cost and sacrifice involved but willingly shed His blood to redeem us. And He obtained eternal redemption for us (see Hebrews 9:12).
The blood of Jesus cleanses us of the deepest sins (see Hebrews 9:14). It completely purges us from all filth. When we are washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus we are justified and declared righteous in God’s eyes. Having a good relationship with God comes through Christ alone.
The precious blood of Jesus has the power to take the greatest sin and remove it, so salvation is possible for everyone! The blood of bulls and goats could not transform anyone, but with Christ’s blood transformation is guaranteed (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Pause and reflect: We can thank God that the precious blood of Jesus redeems the lost, secures eternal life, cleanses the deepest of sins and transforms the vilest of sinners.