Tag: covering for sins
Greetings on this another day of rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ. He shed His blood on the cross for us that we might be freed from sin, guilt, and eternal death. His blood was the only sacrifice that could actually make atonement for our sins. Our church family celebrates the Covenant Meal of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month as a way to remember the powerful blood and its work for sinners.
“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Leviticus 17:11)
God laid out some strict rules for blood sacrifices to cleanse Aaron and the priests who handled the sacred duties of meeting with God and interceding for God’s people. Aaron’s sons died before the Lord when they carelessly neglected to follow God’s instructions about how to approach Him. They offered strange fire before the Lord and died instantly! (Leviticus 10:1-2) There is some implication that they had been drinking alcohol and were impaired when they did this. (Leviticus 10:8-10) They neglected the blood sacrifice of a sin offering and paid a terrible penalty.
God chose blood because the life of a creature is in the blood. Blood is an amazing creation. Our blood carries food and oxygen to each cell of the body. It also picks up waste products and they are filtered out of the blood by the liver. Our blood carries clotting agents if we are wounded and antibodies in the blood attack disease organisms and protect the body from attack. Our blood contains everything our bodies need for life. When we lose a certain part of our blood, we die.
Christ’s blood is powerful because He alone was without sin. His blood was not tainted by original sin. His blood carried the power to cleanse us completely from the penalty of sin and the power of sin to enslave us. Take time today to think about the blood of Christ and its amazing power. Holy Communion reminds us of this special sacrifice. Have a great day of rest and reflection!
Cleansed by His Powerful Blood, Pastor John