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, (KJV)
y de Jesucristo el testigo fiel, el primogénito de los muertos, y el soberano de los reyes de la tierra. Al que nos amó, y nos lavó de nuestros pecados con su sangre, (RVR 1960)
Yesterday we looked at Christ Jesus as the Ultimate Scapegoat today I would like to explore the need for blood specifically the blood of Christ to be apart of the Ultimate Sacrifice.
Throughout the Bible every book points to that Ultimate Sacrifice of Christ at Calvary We see as far back as Genesis 4:1-16 when Able’s blood sacrifice was acceptable unto the Lord and Cain’s was not. Leviticus 17:11 makes clear the Law and God’s view: 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. God says only a blood sacrifice is an acceptable offering for atonement of mans sins.
Sacrifices “An offering made to God by killing and burning some animal upon an altar, as an acknowledgment of his power and providence, or to make atonement for sin, appease his wrath or conciliate his favor, or to express thankfulness for his benefits;” are a common practice among most all nations of the world. The Apostle Paul encountered this at Mars Hill Acts 17:16–34 where the Athenians were so superstitions they even offered sacrifices to an unknown god, just in case they had upset him (or her).
The nation of Israel had a much different, as noted by the Law of God in Leviticus, set of beliefs. Yes, we can all agree that the Jewish people of the Old Testament did not know Jesus, per se, they did know God, and did know of a planned redeemer. They knew that their was one true Triune God, one way for atonement blood sacrifice and Faith in God.
Chapter 11 of the Book of Hebrews reminds us that the blood sacrifice of the OT was not sufficient, it was by Faith that people were counted into the family of righteousness. Eventually God in His infinite Sovereignty and Grace sent His only begotten Son, John 3:16, so that mankind could have a better way and Christ became the Ultimate Sacrifice by the shedding of His Blood, Hebrews 9:11–18:
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
Without Christ’s Ultimate Sacrifice we would still be offering animal sacrifices today. (Can you imagine the outcry from PETA and others) I would hope this knowledge alone is enough to cause us to offer thanks and praise daily.