Today in a lot of churches, the blood of Jesus has been removed, because it is offensive. People don’t want to be reminded of their sin, they just want to hear about how much they are loved and the blessings of God. Yet, to me this is offensive, for if you remove the blood of Jesus, if Jesus didn’t die and rise again, if His blood wasn’t shed to pay for our sins, then like Paul said, we are the biggest fools their are.” If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied (1 Cor. 15:19).”
Yet, the Bible paints an entirely different picture, a picture of the Lamb of God slain and the precious blood shed to cleanse and to make us whiter than snow. “”Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool (Isaiah 1:18).”
In the Old Testament sacrifices of lamb and bulls had to be made each year in atonement for the sins of the people. I can’t imagine the amount of animals that were killed or all of the blood. Now, to me that is gruesome. And this sacrifice had to be made each year in accordance with the law and this blood could not cleanse the people of their sins. Hebrews 10 tell us, “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
The blood of animals was not enough, but the blood of Jesus was. How thankful I am for the blood of Jesus. For it is through the blood I am forgiven. It is through the blood I am made righteous. The blood cleanses me of all sins and makes me whiter than snow. I can enter into the presence of God in prayer because of the blood. I have been adopted into the family of God and made an heir of God because of the blood.
Oh, let us not get rid of the blood, for if we do, we are still in our sins, we are still guilty. Without the blood we are condemned. Let us then be ever thankful for the blood which Jesus shed at Calvary.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God (I Peter 1:18-221).”