The Cleansing Blood
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
Blood is mentioned 460 times in the Bible. Fourteen times in the New Testament, the Lord Jesus spoke of His own blood. Why? Because by the shedding of His blood, He accomplished the possibility of our salvation. He paid the penalty for our sin and redeemed us. The penalty for our sin and rebellion is death; Jesus stepped out and said, “I’ll take that death.” He voluntarily laid down His life and took the penalty we deserve. That’s what the cross is all about.
The blood of Jesus Christ not only redeems us, it justifies us. Being justified means more than being forgiven. I can say, “I forgive you,” but I cannot justify you. But God not only forgives the past, He justifies us, He clothes us in righteousness as though we had never committed a sin. Yet it cost the blood of His Son on the cross.
Gracious Lord God, Thank You, for the wonderful gift of Your own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You, for the blood stained cross; And thank You, that today that same cross is empty, because my Saviour is risen, He is alive. Amen.