“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remissions of sins.”
Oh, the power of the blood! This Friday marks the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. A day where Jesus was led to the cross out of obedience, would be put on the cross for our sins, and stayed there because of love. It was there where Jesus shed His blood for the remission of our sins, making atonement on our behalf. Whenever a covenant was introduced, it was customary that it was sealed with the offering of a sacrificial animal. The blood is what sealed the covenant. In past history, whenever important letters were sent, the wax that was used to seal letters traditionally was red like blood. In our Bibles, the words of Jesus are even red like His blood.
When Jesus died on the cross, through His shed blood, we entered into the covenant of grace. It moved us from the Law that man could not keep, to grace, that keeps us. And it was all made possible by the selfless actions of Jesus. For our sake, God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. We are grateful for the blood and our freedom to plead the blood. We are grateful for not only the new covenant made possible by the blood, but also our new life because of the blood. We are grateful also because, Jesus got up on Easter Sunday and unsealed the door of the grave. This week is an opportunity to draw near to Christ. We can follow His life leading up to the cross, but more importantly we can follow His example for the rest of our lives.
Be blessed and be encouraged!