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HOW THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JESUS’ BLOOD WAS ACQUIRED

HOW THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JESUS’ BLOOD WAS ACQUIRED

Scripture: Leviticus 17:11-12

11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. 12 Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.”

Reflection.

The Wikipedia explains the blood of Jesus Christ which aligns to my theology. “Blood of Christ, also known as the Most Precious Blood, in Christian theology refers to the physical blood shed by Jesus Christ primarily on the Cross, and the salvation which Christianity teaches was accomplished thereby, or the sacramental blood (wine) present in the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper, which some Christian denominations believe to be the same blood of Christ shed on the Cross.”

It is important to understand how the significance of Jesus’ Blood was acquired and according to Bishop Dag Heward-Mills.

1.God revealed the importance of blood through the prophet Moses and therefore commanded that blood should not be eaten-Leviticus 17:11-12

The significance of blood would have been unknown to the generation that Moses lived in. They might have believed that the kidneys, the brain, or the heart were the most vital organs. However, they discovered via Moses’ teachings that a person’s life is derived from his blood. The blood was not meant to be consumed because it symbolised a life, but the other body parts could be eaten.

2.Long before medical science discovered it, Moses taught us that the blood of a person contained his life-Leviticus 17:11

We now understand that blood supplies life to every part of the body. Moses was not capable of knowing that through medical science. God had made this knowledge known to him. There is blood in life!

A True-life Story by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills About the Race for Blood

One night, I was on duty at the emergency ward when a young man was brought to the hospital. This gentleman had an unusual problem in which he was vomiting blood uncontrollably. He retched and vomited all night long. Each time he vomited; He brought out bright red blood. He did not vomit any food. His stomach was empty, and he was bringing out pure blood. By 2.00am his condition began to deteriorate because he had lost so much blood.

I walked to and fro from the blood bank that night, fetching blood for this man. I was trying to bring him back from the dead. It was a race for life. By the morning the space around his bed was covered with bright red blood because he had vomited all around him all night long. Sad to say, in the end we were unable to prevent him from going to the grave because he had brought out more blood than we were able to replace.

The race that night was a race to get as much blood to the man quickly enough. Only the blood could prevent the man from dying and going to the grave. Indeed, the race today is the race to get the blood of Jesus to as many places as possible quickly enough.

3.Because the blood contains the life of a person, it represents his life-Leviticus 17:14

You would most likely have a bowl of blood if all your blood were to spill out. Thus, a bowl filled with human blood symbolises a human life. The life of the goat is symbolised by a bowl of goat blood. The life of an elephant is symbolised by a bowl filled with its blood. Therefore, the life of the Son of God was symbolised by the bowlful of Jesus’ blood that fell on the cross. We witnessed His life being given when His blood spurted out. When we say that Jesus Christ gave His life for us, we mean this. That implied that He shed His blood! Giving blood is giving your life! Giving blood is equivalent to giving your life!

4.The blood has been chosen by God as the only thing that can be offered to appease Him and to atone for sin-Leviticus 17:11

5.The New Testament confirms that only ‘blood’ can save you-Hebrews 9:22

I’ll conclude by asking this pertinent question-What Can Wash Away Our Sins?

“What can wash away our sins?” I ask myself. What can erase our deception, theft, adultery, and killings? There is really nothing that can undo what we have done in the past. Just Jesus’s blood. The Bible tells us that the stain of our previous transgressions can be removed by the blood of Jesus.

Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away our sins. Nothing but the blood of Jesus!!

Only the blood of Jesus has the power to wash away these terrible stains and sins.

Would you want to be washed by the blood of the Lamb?

Prayer.

Dear Lord! Please, have mercy on me. I ask that you wash me totally from my past and recent sins by your blood, amen.

Tomorrow, we shall look more into “how the blood of Jesus has performed the greatest miracle. Don’t Miss Out!

Ref: Bishop Dag Heward-Mills

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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