For this is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the
forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 26:28 NIV
A person can live only a few days without water. Without food one can survive several weeks—without oxygen only a few minutes. Without blood life ends! Blood supplies the means of travel for every necessary component to keep our bodies functioning properly. Medical research indicates that approximately three hundred billion red cells die and are replaced every day—the new strong clean blood replaces the toxic day after day, year after year throughout our life. There is power in the blood.
Life is in the blood. The Jews understood and today practicing Jews continue to eat only kosher meat from an animal that has had all of the blood drained in preparation for cooking. Imagine the surprise and perhaps horror of the Jewish followers of Christ when he announced “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53 ESV)
Christ was teaching the truth of the spiritual life by teaching the truth of the physical life. He came to die, to shed His blood for the redemption of mankind—you and me. After His death on the Cross of Calvary, it would no longer be necessary to shed the blood of goats and bulls as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of man. Christ came to be the ultimate sacrifice.
Christ’s blood has the power to cleanse us from our sin! Like me, you have probably heard this phrase: The red blood (of Christ) washes away my black sin and makes me white as snow. How is that possible? There is power in the blood of Christ! Just as the blood in our bodies cleanses toxins such as carbon dioxide from our bodies, the blood of Christ cleanses us from sin’s toxin.
Our physical blood sustains our physical life. The blood of Christ, the purchase price for our eternal life, washes and sustains our life in Christ. Through His blood we are free from the burden of sin, the grasp of satan, the guilt and condemnation that encompassed life before Christ. It is not necessary, nor are we able to “clean up” before coming to Christ. As we accept Christ as Savior, His cleansing blood cleans us and transforms our life of sin washing away the toxins and replacing them with the power of Almighty God to live life in Christ Jesus.
John 3:16 tells us that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (ESV) In the blood of Christ there is hope, there is salvation, there is LIFE eternal! There is power in the blood of Christ, and it is available to whoever believes. Will you believe?