Ick! Blood.

“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” — Hebrews 9:22

Believing in Jesus Christ is more than agreeing that he was a man we read about in the bible or see in movies or rediscover in television documentaries. Believing in Jesus Christ requires that we trust in his blood.

The temple was a place of sacrifice. The Sunday School and VBS illustrations of the temple do help us envision the hustle and bustle of the temple scene, but the area of sacrifice is rarely depicted. If it was, parents would boycott the church just as they boycott horror movies for their children.

There is a fascination with blood for entertainment. Fake blood recipes are popular search engine topics as many wish to recreate vampire movie scenes or a zombie apocalypse. Hollywood has in recent years produced movie after movie celebrating the living dead and blood seems to be in the formula of success. Even American history is being rewritten this summer through this movie genre with an axe wielding Abraham Lincoln killing vampires on his way to the presidency. We are numbed to the importance of blood.

The horrors of the sacrificial altar are foreign to us and I am personally glad for this. Jesus shed his blood so that those who believe in his salvation would never have to deal with blood again. Yet, it is important for Christians to understand the significance of the blood.

“Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” — Hebrews 9:25-26

The cost of Christ’s blood is more than I can ever fully understand or pay for myself. It is because of this truth of the gospel that one believes in Christ. Any other form of belief is not salvation belief. It misses the point. In order to be saved from sin, one must believe in the sacrifice and salvation offered by Christ through his blood. It is in the blood that we are able to enter into fellowship with our Father God. Without it, we would be wandering aimlessly seeking redemption through fake blood because most of us would be too squeamish to sacrifice an animal as required by the ancient fathers of the Jewish faith to do in God’s law.

In HIS Grip

Pastor Bryant Owens

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