Exodus 12: 13 – ‘And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt’.
Have you ever wondered why the Old Testament is full of sacrifices here and there? A lot of us do not bother to ask the right questions and that is why we do not get the right answers. Today, I will be sharing something that I recently learnt on the blood of Jesus.
What was often times the prelude to sacrifice in the Old Testament? Sin; disobedience to any of God’s command. The Bible in Hebrews 9: 22 says, ‘Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins’.
In order for God to overlook, to forgive the sins of His people they had to bring a sacrifice. But these small sacrifices here and there was only solving the problem on the surface, it was doing nothing about the problem at the root.
And what was the problem at the root? Man’s separation from God in the Garden of Eden. God needed something that would perform the function of cleansing us of sin and reconciling us to Himself. It was a two-fold assignment and there couldn’t be one without the other.
Now, when we plead the blood of Jesus, we do so to avoid God’s wrath. So the devil goes before God and begins to do what he does best (but still fails at), accusation of the brethren. And because God is a just God, the consequences of sin is death. But as He is about to release that wrath, the Blood of Jesus speaks for you. The Blood of Jesus is your witness. Just as anybody can plead the 5th to prevent them from being compelled to be witnesses against themselves, we as Christians can plead the blood of Jesus to have Jesus stand the trial for us. Romans 5: 9 says, ‘Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him’!
And what do you think the verdict will be? Of course not guilty. Why? Because He has paid it all on the cross. He has cancelled our debt and guilty verdict (Colossians 2: 13 – 16). This is why there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
As a believer, the blood of Jesus is one of the weapons spoken about in 2 Corinthians 10: 4, ‘For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds’. If you have a weapon, why don’t you use it?