There is a scarlet thread that we find woven throughout the Bible. The scarlet thread throughout the Bible is principle of the blood atonement for the remission of sin. Scripture teaches us that in order for sin to be atoned, innocent blood must be shed. Hebrews 9:22 teaches that without the shedding of blood then there is no remission. In order to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve the Lord had to kill an animal. Something had to die to cover the shame of disobedience. The reason Cain’s offering was rejected was because it lacked a blood sacrifice. The only thing that can satisfy God’s wrath against our sin is the blood of Jesus. The old hymn rings true: “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
One of my favorite passages of scripture is Exodus 12. The narrative of the passover. Exodus 12:12-14 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. The narrative of Moses and the passover lamb teaches us of the need for the blood of Jesus. Without the blood, Israel would remain in bondage. Without the blood, Israel would suffer the agony of death. Without the blood, Israel would experience the judgment of God. The key phase in this text is found in verse 13. It says: “when I see the blood, I will pass over you…” The application of the blood made all the difference. While I encourage you to read the entire chapter, I want to point out some key principles of what we see when we see the blood.
- We see the Judgment of God. There is no doubt that the blood acts as the protective agent against the wrath and judgment of God. We must never underestimate or devalue the power of God’s judgment. Is God loving? Yes! Does God care? Yes HE DOES! The fact that God is so loving does not deflect the fact that his wrath is kindled toward sin and disobedience. The blood is required when it comes to being protected from the wrath of God. Because when God sees the blood he passes over without passing judgment.
- We see the Sacrifice of an Innocent Lamb. In order to live something had to die. Do you and I fully understand this? I am afraid we do not! The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Because our sin has such a high price so does the atonement. In order to go free then Jesus had to die. Freedom is not free. It cost the life of an innocent Jesus. Jesus is our sacrificial lamb that died so that judgment and wrath would not visit our lives.
- We see a Significant Victory. It is through the blood that Israel experienced victory over the bondage of Egypt. Likewise, it the blood of Jesus will be what gives victory over the bondage of Satan. If a person desires victory then it will come through the blood of Jesus.
There is a reason the blood of Jesus seems so offensive. It is because it exposes us to our depravity. Salvation requires the shedding of blood. It is a gory scene. It is also a beautiful scene. God gave his Son, the Son gave his blood, and the beggar (like me!) gets to go free. It was the blood, it still is the blood and it will always be the blood that sets sinners free. Without it we will remain in sin’s bondage and under Satan’s control. Thank God for the Blood!!!