It’s in the Blood (Leviticus 16=17)

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. Leviticus 17:11

It is s proven scientific fact:  Without blood the body will die.  For me, this changes things about life.  Every person, no matter where they are born or what social status they occupy, has this one think in common.  We each have blood flowing through our bodies.  There is something else we have in common, our blood is polluted with sin.

Several years ago I used this illustration in Romania.  There are two classes of people in Romania.  There are the Romanians and then there are Romanian Gypsies.  Both groups hate each other, especially the Romanians hate the Gypsies.

One summer we were having camps.  At our camp ground there was a large swimming area.  As we were doing day camp with the Gypsies, the Romanians were swimming.  One Gypsy girl decided to get in the swimming hole with the Romanian kids.  All of them immediately got out.  My heart broke and my blood began to boil.  Who were these people to think they were better than anyone else?

In that moment I called everyone together and proceeded to give each a lesson on truth.  The truth is we are all sinners (our blood is the same).  There is only one way we can change.  It takes the blood of someone who is not tainted with sin.

In the book of Leviticus the people are told to select specific animals to be used as the sacrifices for their sins.  These animals were to be without blemish or spot.  When their blood was spilled it was a picture of what needed to happen for our sin to be removed.

Once each year (16:6) the High Priest would offer a sacrifice for his own sin.  Once his own sin was cleansed, he could represent God’s people with a sacrifice of blood on the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies (16:16).

Next there was to be a scapegoat chosen (16:21-22) in whom the priest would place his hands as a picture of Israel’s sins being placed on the goat.  The goat was then sent away picturing how once that our sins have been cleansed, they are sent away to never be remembered any more.

Brothers and sisters, there was only one who was qualified to be our sin bearer and our sin payment.  His name was Jesus.  The writer of Hebrews reveals this truth to us:

22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Heb. 9:22-28

I can still remember sharing with those Romanians the hard truth that they were no different from the Gypsies. All of them needed the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse them from all sins.  I also shared with them, once the blood was shed and once the blood is applied, it changes how we look at others.

Why am I am Christian?  It’s all because of the blood of Jesus Christ!

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