My earliest memories of attending worship services include singing about the blood of Christ.
I can easily remember how excited the saints would get about the blood of Jesus Christ. An outbreak of passionate worship was typical, once we began to sing a hymn about the blood. We might start with Nothing but the Blood and slowly sing, “What can wash away my sins…” Then we would certainly go into a heart-warming rendition of “There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r…” And one of my favorite hymns says, “When I See the Blood…”
Despite the passionate worship, everyone did not fully understand. Even today, many Christians settle for knowing too little about the blood of Jesus Christ.
During His Last Supper, Jesus said: “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:20).
The significance of this covenant is first typified in Exodus 12. It’s in that chapter that we learn about the first Passover. Very specific instructions were given to God’s people regarding the lamb and the application of blood.
Later in Israel’s history, we find the covenant implications of the blood of Christ taught us through the Mosaic Law and the Levitical priesthood.
I won’t go deep in this blog. But let me summarize what the New Testament book of Hebrews teaches. Christians are under the blood covering of Jesus Christ. He is the perfect Lamb of God without blemish or spot.
But we also have a better High Priest under this New Covenant. Jesus Christ is our Great High Priest! Jesus took His own blood to the true Mercy Seat, into God’s presence, the Holy of Holies, and presented it for the remission of all sins, for all believers, for all time!
The writer of Hebrews said: “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (9:12-14).
Jesus took His own blood into the true Heavenly Tabernacle! It still maintains the same all-powerful efficacy. The merits of His atonement will never diminish. The blood will never lose its power!
This covenant is only possible because of the spotless Lamb of God. Because of His blood, the Bible tells me I am washed, I am sanctified, and I am “justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God” (1 Cor. 6:11).
In the words of another old hymn: “I know it was the blood for me!” If you don’t know that one- click here and get to singing this rich spiritual song today.
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