As Christians, we often hear the phrase “the blood of Jesus” in our hymns, prayers, and sermons. But what does it really mean? Why did Jesus have to shed His blood? What is the purpose of the blood?
To understand the purpose of the blood, we need to go back to the beginning of the Bible. In Genesis 2:17, God warned Adam and Eve that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would surely die. When they disobeyed God and ate from the tree, sin entered the world, and death became a reality.
From that point on, the Bible teaches that sin requires a payment. In the Old Testament, God established a system of animal sacrifices to provide a temporary covering for sin. But these sacrifices were not enough to permanently remove sin and its consequences.
That’s where Jesus comes in. He came to earth as God in the flesh, lived a sinless life, and willingly gave Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. His blood was shed on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, so that we can be reconciled to God and have eternal life.
In Hebrews 9:22, we read, “And according to the law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” The blood of Jesus is what makes forgiveness possible.
But the purpose of the blood doesn’t stop there. In addition to providing forgiveness, the blood of Jesus also has the power to transform us. In Revelation 12:11, we read that we overcome the enemy “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” The blood of Jesus gives us the power to resist temptation, overcome sin, and live a holy life.
Furthermore, the blood of Jesus is a symbol of unity. In Ephesians 2:13-14, we read, “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.” The blood of Jesus brings together people of every race, ethnicity, and background into one family.
In conclusion, the purpose of the blood of Jesus is multi-faceted. It provides forgiveness, transformation, and unity. As we reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, may we never take the blood for granted. Instead, may we be filled with gratitude and awe for the precious gift that was given for our salvation.