The Blood of Jesus

The Blood of Jesus is unique, it was physically different and also divinely appointed to be an acceptable sacrifice. From the Garden of Gethsemene to the Grave of Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus deliberately paid a full price for our sins with his blood.  It was unique physically in the sense that Jesus had no physical father. The virgin birth necessitates a genetical miracle in the womb of Mary. Every babies blood supply and type is different from the mother, if it isn’t, then the baby would not develop and neither would the baby be male. But Jesus was circumcised on his eigth day, and his blood was holy.  His blood paid a full price on the cross, and it is not to be under valued, the effect of the cross is powerful. The apostle Paul wanted it’s effect to stay full, he warned, “…preach the gospel, not with clever words so that the cross of Christ will not be emptied of it’s effect. (1st Cor. 1:17-18). The effect of Christ’s blood-stained cross results in bringing peace between us and God, His price paid, covers the damage incurred against our fellowship with God. Our sin makes us enemies against God, His price makes us friends again, that is spiritual eternal peace to be enjoyed here and now and into eternity. The only way to get true peace with God is as Paul declared, “by making peace through the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:20).

The blood of Jesus is the reality of a shadow cast over centuries by the Mercy-seat on the Ark of the Testimony in the Temple’s Holy of Holies. The High Priest once a year would sprinkle the blood of a bull and goat upon it seven times. (Leviticus 16:11-29). What reality cast this shadow on the past historically? The blood of Christ. It is significant that there are seven places the gospels mention, where the blood of Christ was exposed.

1. The Garden of Gethsemane on Mt. Olive, Luke 22:44
2. The High Priest’s Courtyard, Luke 22:54-64, Mt. 26:57-68, John 18:22 & Isa. 50:2-9
3. Pilate’s Judgment Hall & Stone Pavement, John 18:28, 19:13.
4. The Praetorium & Herod’s Quarters in Jerusalem, Mark 16:15, John 19:1-5, Mt. 27:26-29, Luke 23:7-11
5. On the Road through the city and out the gates. John 19:1-5, Mt. 27:26-29
6. Golgotha (Calvary), Mt. 27:31-34
7. Gravesite of Joseph’s Tomb, John 19:38-42

In each place mentioned, the blood was seen and eventually recorded for us to remember. Remember what? That Jesus was the reality of the Mercy-Seat of God. Paul makes this clear in Romans 3:25, by using a particular word in the Greek which is synonymous with the Hebrew word for Mercy-Seat, it is “Propitiation”. The annual observance of this act of sprinkling blood seven times upon the Temple’s Mercy Seat was called the “Day of Atonement”, (Lev. 23:27).  Since Jesus covered himself in the blood, and died in giving his blood, he now offers us all a blood bought covenant to be born into. God is moved by mercy toward sinners that unite with Jesus in His victorious death and join His covenant in His blood. Never forget what was kept under the Mercy-Seat. The budding rod of Aaron which reminded everyone of God’s power to bring life from death. The gold jar of manna, reminding us of God’s love in providing for our daily needs, and of course the stone tablets of commandments, reminding us of God’s will and justice enforced by our lifestyle being in accordance with His word. All of this was covered by God’s mercy-seat, and it was covered annually with blood. Is your spirit sealed and touched by God’s sign of this new covenant in the blood? If not, then we by faith must enter into it by baptism, Romans 6:1-7, & Colossians 2:10-12. The necessity of remembering the new covenant in His blood is seen in the memorial of the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day (Sunday) by His people in a covenant relationship with him.

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