Many have wondered how the Blood of Jesus effects life within us. The offering up of Jesus as the Ultimate Sacrificial Lamb of God is the once and for all fulfillment of all previous sacrifices in the Old Testament which represented a foreshadowing of His death. The Bible teaches us in Leviticus 17:11,
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
Jesus’ life (blood) was offered as a ransom to redeem us from our lives of sin. In the Old Testament, blood (life) was offered upon the altar for an atonement for the souls of the children of Israel. In the Hebrew language, the two words, ransom (kopher) and atonement (kaphar), are derived from the same word, kippur (the condition when one makes amends or reconciles), and both convey the idea of appeasing, covering, or substituting, in the place of something else.
The idea behind Christ’s Blood being shed to pay the price for our sin is this:
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord…” (Rom. 6:23).
We have a death sentence because of our sin nature. The Blood (life) of Jesus represents an offering of ‘a life for a life.’ Instead of receiving a just death sentence for our sin, Jesus’ Blood was used as a ransom, or atonement, for our sin and brought forth reconciliation between God and his creation. In other words, Christ took our place as the Substitutionary Sacrifice in our stead. This is why the Blood of Jesus is such an integral part of the Christian Faith…#thinkonthesethings