If you are in church culture for very long at all, you hear a lot about “the Blood.” I imagine that if you are new to this environment and lingo, you might not understand how something so grotesque might be celebrated and often repeated. It might seem strange to sing about it together.
First, I think you would have to understand who God is and how he works. Everything He does is with purpose and significance. For instance: when God gave Moses the plans for the temple, it was important that he followed every detail perfectly. Later, in Hebrews we learn that the temple on earth was a replica of the heavenly Temple. And, the priest’s duties were a symbol of what Jesus does for us as our High Priest.
Our bodies are also called a “temple,” and we know that God made us in His image. I think this idea has more depth and symbolism to it, than we could ever imagine. There are so many things about our physical bodies, that are symbols that point directly to heavenly things.
I will not try to begin to exhaust the depths of the significance of Christ’s Blood and what it means. But, I would like to give you one beautiful example that speaks to me.
This is a medical procedure. It is used when a patient has no way to fight a disease on their own.
PATIENT: Normally, a person’s blood would attack a disease and create an antibody to defeat it. But in some cases, a patient does not possess the ability to fight a particular disease.
DONOR: Their only hope is to find another person whose immune system was able to defeat this same disease. They were exposed to the disease and their body overcame it naturally.
GLOBULIN: So now you have a patient and a possible donor. The donor’s blood contains the globulin that knows how to defeat the disease. When injected into the bloodstream of the patient, the effects are immediate and complete. It is one of the most reliable ways to fight a disease.
RELIANCE: Though the disease was defeated in this instance, the patient still cannot produce these antibodies on their own. If ever exposed to the same disease again, they will still have to undergo the same treatment.
It is evident just by observing our condition, that we have exposed ourselves to a disease that we have no way of fighting. The world offers many ways to cope, but no one has the ability to defeat it. This condition is sin. The prognosis is death. And no one has ever escaped it.
The only hope we have is in a donor named Jesus. He was the Spirit of God, crammed into the body of man–flesh and blood just like you and I. He walked this earth, and in obedience went to the cross. On this cross, he took on our sin. And, for 3 days, He was pronounced dead. During those three days, he faced Death, Hell and the Grave. But on the 3rd day, God raised Him from the dead. HE OVERCAME.
And in His blood is the antibodies we need to defeat this disease once and for all. But it is way more than we could have asked for. His blood gives us the ability to not only defeat sin, but the shame and guilt that goes along with it. And, because he defeated the grave, we have a hope beyond the grave–A LIVING HOPE!
As Christians, we NEVER outgrow our need to Christ’s blood. We will always rely on Him to make us clean. Best of all, it is free! All we have to do is ask in FAITH!
That is just one picture of why we sing so passionately and often about “The Blood.” It is a life-giving dependency that takes away all guilt, shame, sin, the fear of death, and eternal separation. Now we can truly LIVE with hope of life eternal!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.
[Rom 6:23 KJV] 23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Rev 1:5 KJV] 5 And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I John 1:7)
“Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:20)
I can enter boldly into the holiest of holies…and live
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)
Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Heb 10:25 NKJV – 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as [is] the manner of some, but exhorting [one another], and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 9:11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,a v he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;y but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,c h so that we may serve the living God!
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.[/fusion_text]