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Why Did Jesus Shed His Blood For Us?
This is a great mystery to those who do not know God's Word. Why would an Almighty, All Powerful God, send His own son to pay for the sins of an ungrateful humanity? In the natural it does not make sense, nor does it make sense to sinful humanity. Would we send our only son to pay for the crimes of others? Where do we begin in order to gain understanding of this great gift from our Holy God? Perhaps the place to start is the beginning:
Satan tempted Eve to sin and Adam, with her, chose to believe the lie. The following verse foretells of Jesus overcoming Satan.
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." (NIV)
God created man in a perfect environment without pain or problems. When Adam chose sin over his relationship with God, justice demanded that man pay a price for sin. Sin opened their eyes and they knew that they were naked. God shed the blood of an animal to cover their shame.
21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (NIV)
This is the first shedding of blood as a result of sin. This did not pay the price for sin. The blood of animals or even the blood of an ordinary man could never restore man's relationship with our Holy God.
The next time we see a blood sacrifice is in Godís command to Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac..
1 some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied.
2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about." .........
8 Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied.
12 "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. (NIV)
God would not allow Abraham to make the sacrifice that God himself has made. Isaac is a true type of Christ. Abraham was tested in his love for God. However, God did not require Isaac's blood. God only wanted Abraham's complete trust and love. He proved his love for God and fulfilled the one thing which God requires of all of us, and that is complete obedience. When Abraham obeyed, God provided the sacrifice.
Next we have the entire account of the great leader of the people of Israel, Moses:
God, who had His hand on Moses all his life, prepared him to lead the people of God out of Egypt. The next shedding of blood was the night of the first Passover. When Pharaoh would not release the people of Israel, God told Moses the following:
3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.
5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.
12 "On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn-- both men and animals-- and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD.
13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
14 "This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD-- a lasting ordinance.
22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning.
23 When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.(NIV)
God used the blood to keep the destroyer from harming His people. They were protected by Godís blood covenant with Israel. The destroyer passed over the homes that had blood on the doorframe. The blood protected Godís people. This is also a sign of the perfect, unblemished sacrifice for sin, Jesus, who was to come.
Why the blood? Moses tells us in the Book of Leviticus:
13 "'Any Israelite or any alien living among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,
14 becausethe life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, "You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off." (NIV)
From here, the Israelites followed Moses across the Red Sea and into a journey, which could have been very short. However, instead of trusting and obeying God and taking the Promised Land, they chose to fear because of the report of giants in the land and wandered in the wilderness for forty years. During this time they became weary of the food which God provided for them every day. They spoke against Moses and Godís provision. God sent venomous snakes and many died.
4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way;
5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!"
6 Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. (NIV)
Moses pleaded for the people and God told him to make a bronze snake and place it on a pole. When they looked to this serpent on a pole, they lived.
8 The LORD said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live."
9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when a snake bit anyone and looked at the bronze snake, he lived. (NIV)
The people looked to Godís provision and were saved from death, just as we can look to Jesus and be saved from eternal damnation.
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. (NIV)
The next thing we should look to in the Scripture, is the blood sacrifice in payment of sin. The priest killed a spotless lamb. His blood was sprinkled on the altar to atone for the sin of the people. This sacrifice was made for the forgiveness of sin and had to be made every year by the high priest.
22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (NAS)
Our blood was tainted with a sin nature passed down from our fathers. Who could possibly be this spotless Lamb of God?
God created man in His image, when man chose sin over his relationship with God; he placed enmity between himself and God. Sinful man cannot approach a Holy God. It is impossible for man to lead a sinless life. Therefore, if God desired man to be saved, a redeemer was required, a man who will live a holy and sinless life. Because we have the sin nature passed down from Adam in the Garden, it is impossible for us to live a sinless life. Therefore, it was in Godís plan from the foundation of the world that Jesus would be our Savior. Our sin nature is passed down through our fathers. Since Jesus was born of a virgin and His Father is God, there was never any sin in him. He is truly the perfect Lamb of God, without spot or wrinkle. It is fitting then that He was born in a stable, lying in a manger. He was born to be Godís perfect sacrifice for the sin of all mankind. Remember that no one took His life from Him. He laid it down. It was Jesus own choice to pay for our sins, once, for all.
11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 If the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,
14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. (NAS)
Jesus left heaven and paid the penalty for our sins. When, on the cross, He said, ďIt is FinishedĒ. The veil of the temple into the Holy of Holies, was torn from the top to the bottom.
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (NIV)
This was the hand of God. He opened the Holy of Holies to all of us who wish to enter in and have fellowship with Him. Jesus has given us direct access to God himself. We no longer need a priest to enter on our behalf. God has made a way for us through the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son. This is the New Covenant that Jesus told us would be established in His blood.
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. (NIV)
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance-- now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.(NIV)
The reason Jesus shed His blood for us is that without Jesus we are all damned for all eternity. There is no person who ever met Godís requirements as a Lamb of God, without spot or blemish. Jesus was our only hope.
16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (NIV)
1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.
2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. (NIV)
If Jesus Had not shed His blood for us we would never be able to enter heaven or have a relationship with God, who we can now call, ďFatherĒ. All He asks of us is that we receive Jesus free gift of Eternal life. If we do this there will be a change in us and in our lives. Just invite Him in and receive all that He offers us today.
2 Cor 5:17NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
This was not a new plan. The Bible says:
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
God has loved us and provided for us since the Foundation of the World.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE,
SAY THIS PRAYER:
LORD JESUS, I AM SORRY FOR MY SINS.
I BELIEVE YOU DIED ON THE CROSS FOR ME.
I RECEIVE YOU AS MY PERSONAL LORD AND PERSONAL SAVIOR.
HELP ME TO LIVE FOR YOU.