When the Christian hears that question, almost immediately we recite the answer from our hymn books, “Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” It is not only our hymn books which herald this truth but our Bibles as well. As we look at the Bible, we see a bloody book. Not so much in the sense of gory details, but glorious details. Paul affirmed the cross, the instrument in providing us the blood of Christ, in Galatians 6:14, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Why glory in such a thing? Because the Hebrew writer said, “Indeed, under the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.: (Heb 9:22). It is that forgiving blood, which makes us whole, that I want to share with you.
First, I want to share with you The Prophecy of The Blood. The blood of Jesus was determined as our purifying sacrament before the foundations of the world (Rev 13:8). The need for blood was foreshadowed in the garden. As man fell, a remedy was required. Perhaps, the animals which God offered were of more benefit than clothing, but cleansing? The power of the blood was foretold to us at the giving of the 10th plague against Egypt. The Israelites received instruction to put the blood of a spotless lamb over the doorposts, obedience would cause the Lord to pass over their home and spare them the death of their firstborn. As the blood of the lamb was what delivered them, so it is for all men today (Acts 4:12). In Leviticus 16, you read of the day of atonement. There a sacrifice would be made for all the people of Israel. In like manner, a sacrifice has been made for all people (1 Jn 2:2).
Second, I want to share with you The Provision of The Blood. Those of the old covenant knew basic truths: sacrifice was needed, and it was needed for the soul that had sinned (for that soul would die - Ezek 18:20). The issue was found in the inability of those sacrifices to perfect (Heb 10:1-11). Jesus, however, provided a lasting, for all time perfecting, sacrifice (Heb 10:12-14). This blood that was shed wasn’t ordered by men, it was offered by god (Jn 10:18). He lovingly provided exactly what our souls needed.
Third, I want to share with you The Power of The Blood. The blood was completer (Heb 10:12), it accomplished His mission (Mk 10:45). The blood is redemptive (Eph 1:7). The blood is cleansing (1 Jn 1:7). The blood avails over Satan (Rev 12:11). There is power in the blood of Christ which surpasses that of all the sacrifices offered by the Aaronic priesthood and that of the patriarchy.
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. It is indeed true that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” It is true that the blood has been offered as the redemptive plan from the beginning. It is true that the blood was provided for us of the free will and love of God. It is true that the power of Jesus’ blood is unmatched, surpassing that of bulls and goats and overcoming our greatest foe.
The blood is our key to heaven. Cherish it. Be thankful for it. Share it.