The life of the flesh is in the blood.
Today’s Scripture: Exodus 30:10
Have you ever had to cover up some leftover food, possibly to clean up later? Do you realize that when you do this, although the leftover meal is packaged and placed in the fridge, the plate is still dirty? The plate becomes clean only when you eat the food and wash its stains away from it.
The above Bible verse tells us about the atonement of our sins before the crucifixion. The high priest went into the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement every year to offer sacrifices for his sins and that of the people. He did this every year with the blood of animals as a substitute for these sins. In Leviticus 17:11, we read that the life of the body is in the blood. When these animals were offered as a sacrifice to God, their “laid down” lives were exchanged for that of the people and sin was covered up.
However, that was as far as the blood of animals could go. Like the leftover food in the plate analogy, it could cover up the sins of the people, but it could not wash those sins away. It could reconcile the people back to God but it could not redeem them. But here comes Jesus! Hallelujah! Here comes Jesus who laid his life down once and for all – not every year like the animals, but once and for all for all of us in exchange for all of our sins.
Don’t you want to throw your hands in the air and shout a big, “Thank you Jesus!” Jesus came to put an end to repeated, continual sacrifices and establish the permanence of his atonement. Remember he was described as a sheep being led to the slaughter? He could have refused to be crucified, but he did it just for you. He not only made you right with God, he redeemed you – gave you and I an everlasting release from the power of sin and death! (See Hebrews 8-10). Hallelujah! And every day of our lives, we owe it to God to give Him thanks and to walk in the reality of our redeemed lives!
Confession: Thank you Jesus for laying down your life for me as a once and for all sacrifice. You are the true Savior!