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Bloody Religion

Posted by: David Carroll

Hebrews 9:21-22 (NIV)

In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Christianity is a very bloody religion. Many people are repulsed by the horror of it all. But blood plays a central role in the remitting of sins. In the past several days we've seen how the entire Levitical system is an acting out, a shadow of the real thing in Heaven. Jesus is the real thing. He did indeed shed his blood. What does the blood mean? The blood is the life of a living being. So two things: 1) Jesus was a man, a living human being, God in the flesh; 2) Jesus had to die, loosing his life, for our sake. Everytime blood was sprinkled around, it was a foreshadowing of Jesus' blood. The bible speaks of the blood's cleansing power. This can't mean cleaning the body; when Moses would sprinkle the blood around, everything must have looked a mess. The cleansing power is in what the blood represents: Jesus the sinless, perfect God-Man dying for us. This is the way to eternal life and any other way would be an insult to God making his own sacrifice of less value.

Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV)

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

We only get one chance, this lifetime. Don't be repulsed by the blood, it depicts the gravity of our sinful condition and what had to be done to atone for it. It was nothing we could do, only something God as a man who could sympathize with our condition could do. Cover yourself with the blood by trusting Christ alone for your eternal life.


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