Saturday, September 8th, 2012
True Blood (Part 1)
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Matthew 26:28 (NKJV)
What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground.
Genesis 4:10 (NKJV)
'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and... it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul' (Leviticus 17:11). 'Atonement' means 'cover up.' Before Jesus, priests could cover the sins of God's remorseful people with the blood of unblemished animals. It gave them innocence by association.
But this covering was temporary. It had to be repeated, and grave sins could not be covered at all. 'You shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe' (Exodus 21:23-25).
Jesus changed everything. He administered CPR to a dying world. His paddles were drops of His Own blood. When He rose to the cross, we rose to look. When He rose from the dead, we rose with Him. His resurrection brought us resuscitation. Our first breath came in faith.
His covering was permanent. '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' (Hebrews 9:12).
Which takes us back to the blood--to His true blood, and its incredible significance: 'He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His Name is called The Word of God' (Revelation 19:13).
'And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings' (Acts 17:26).
'Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His Own blood' (Acts 20:28).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the True Blood series.