[Column] The Blood of Jesus Christ Absolves Sin

The Bible is the book of blood. When Adam and Eve fell, God made the garments of animal skin and clothed them (Genesis 3:21). To make such garments, He had to kill animals and shed their blood. This is a prefigurement of blood as the consequence of human sin. In the earlier part of Genesis is the mention of blood and also in the last book of the Bible, Revelation 19:13, is the mention of a blood-dipped robe worn by Christ upon His second coming. From Genesis to Revelation, there spears the word “blood” over 700 times. In fact, Martin Luther said, “Press the Bible and blood will stream.” Some people jokingly say, “If you place the Old Testament in a washing machine, animal blood will be released and if you place the New Testament in a washing machine, the blood of Christ will be released.”

Christ was without sin. Not even the enemies or Pontius Pilate who approved the Crucifixion could find Him guilty of any crime (Mark 12:13-14; Luke 23:14-15). Then why was sinless Christ whipped, crowned in thorns, crucified, and shed blood? Isaiah 53:5 explicitly states the reason: “he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Did Pontius Pilate kill Jesus Christ? Did the Israelite leaders kill Christ? In truth, the death of Christ was part of God’s plan: “Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.” The redemptive suffering and death of Jesus Christ who was without sin were for the remission of our sin.

In human history, there is numerous evidence of animal and human sacrifice for forgiveness of sin. Even in Athens, the heart of Western Civilization, humans were bought and sold and eventually stoned for sin offering to heal diseases and appease the wrath of god. In ancient Egypt, there was a practice of inserting a sharp object into the heart of the three people chosen for sin offering on a new year’s day. Anthropologist James George Frazer wrote in The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion that 90% of the world population shed blood for sacrifice on major religious feast days. The concept of blood as remission of sin is not superstitious, but historical as well as biblical. People believed that life was present in blood. Hebrew 9:22 reads, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

As the popular Christian hymn goes, there is a power in the blood of Jesus Christ. Among its remarkable powers are forgiveness of sin and salvation. If your clothes get dirty, you can wash them in a washing machine. If your body gets dirty, you can shower or bathe. What about your mind and soul? How do you cleanse them? Be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ and repent. Regardless of how grave a sin you have committed, how destitute you are morally, and how flawed you are in life, you can experience God’s grace through forgiveness if you come forward to Christ and ask for His forgiveness. There is no greater joy than absolution from sin. Our Lord suffered and shed blood on the Cross to grant us the grace of the remission of sin and the new life as a free gift. Render gratitude to the Lord for His blood. Wash yourself with His blood so that your soul may be beautified. Praise the grace of the blood of Christ forever.  You will be the happiest person in the world.

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