Summary: How God planned for our salvation through the Blood of His Son Jesus Christ
We are Saved by the Blood of Jesus Christ Hebrews 9:19-22 NLT
I. The blood of Jesus gives us salvation.
There are but two essential requirements: First: has anyone cheated death and proved it? Second: Is it available to me? Here is the complete record: Confucius’ tomb is occupied. Buddha’s tomb is occupied. Mohammed’s tomb is occupied. Jesus’ tomb is empty. Argue as you will. There is no point in following a loser. G. B. Hardy
Throughout the ages, wherever the Gospel has been welcomed, Christians have sung with deep joy and gratitude about what the Apostle Peter calls “the precious blood of Christ”. But why this distinction? Because the Bible teaches us that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. The blood is not unimportant to the Bible’s message, something that can be put to one side without affecting the heart of the Gospel. It is the heart of the Gospel! The blood of Jesus refers to His sacrificial death on the cross.
Jesus told His disciples that the New Covenant was being found in His blood. It was told us in JER 31:31-34, "The day will come," says the Lord, "When I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife," says the Lord. "But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day," says the Lord. "I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their family, saying, ’You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will already know me," says the Lord. "And I will forgive their wickedness and will never again remember their sins."
II. The blood of Jesus was God’s plan for salvation.
Paul told the elders of the church in Ephesus that the church had been purchased by the blood of the Lord. He wrote that the redemption of sinful men and women depends on the exchange Jesus made when He shed His blood. To exchange means to satisfy or to settle. It is according to God’s law that the penalty for sin is death. When Christ died on the cross, He satisfied God’s entire wrath against our sin.
The amazing truth of the Gospel: is that out of sheer unreasonable love for us, the Father and the Son, with the Spirit, created a beautiful plan for our salvation. The Father would pour out His judgment against our sins on His Son, who in loving faithfulness to His Father and out of love for us was willing to die on the cross. He took our sin so that we might be clothed in His righteousness. Through faith, we can stand before God’s holy throne as righteous as Jesus himself, because the righteousness in which we stand clothed there is Jesus’ righteousness!
The uplifting, convincing, wonderful truth of justification by faith is that it brings us peace with God. By Christ’s shed blood, we are released, let loose and set free from our sins. By His blood, we can overcome the evil one, since none of his claims against us can condemn us. RM 8:33-34 “Who will accuse those whom God has chosen? God has approved of them. Who will condemn them? Christ has died, and more importantly, he was brought back to life. Christ has the highest position in heaven. Christ also intercedes for us.
III. The blood of Jesus is spoken of in the bible as God’s remedy for our sin.
We need both the Old Testament as well as the New, to help us to understand this. Augustine said, “The Old is in the New revealed; the New is in the Old concealed.” “Why is the blood of Jesus so important for us?” Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and learn from the Old Testament what He has done for you. HB 10:1: “The law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities”. Sometimes at the end of a summer evening, a person’s shadow may appear before we actually see who the person is. We know someone is coming, but who? Then the person appears and we recognize him or her. The shadow gives way to the presence of the person. Now that He has come, we can look at the things we read about in the O. T. and see how they were important as pictures of what Jesus actually accomplished.