Blood is a key element in the Bible, used 392 times, 88 of those times in Leviticus and 22 in the book of Hebrews. Some of the time it is used to signify violence or death other times life and atonement as in the following verses.
“…These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Rev. 7:14.
Why did they need their robes washed? Isaiah 64:6 holds the answer. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” Elsewhere we are told because God is holy, we are to be holy, yet, Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Only one blood is holy and only one blood will do.
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins…” Rom. 3:24-25.
Leviticus 17:11 tells us why the blood is the necessary component for remission or forgiveness of sin. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission of sin.” Heb. 9:22.
Christ’s blood is for forgiveness of sin and is, also, our justification. “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Rom. 5:9. Did you notice that his blood also saves us from the wrath to come.“
Cleansing: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1John 1:7.
Peace. “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself…” Col. 1:20 And brings us near to God. “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Eph. 2:13.
Sanctification. “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.” Heb. 13:12.
There is much more that could be said, that God does say in His word, but I will leave that for you to search out. As we prepare to gather this weekend let us meet remembering the blood that washes us whiter than snow and rejoice.
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sin in his own blood and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Rev. 1:5-6.
When you share the Lord’s supper remember, His body was broken to take your death. His blood was given to give you His life.
Praying you know the cleansing power of the blood of Christ.