Friday, November 13, 2009

Without the Shedding of Blood there is no Forgiveness of Sins


“Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22)

The cross is at the center of human history. The cross was never intended to be a beautiful piece of jewelry or a common tattoo or a decoration in a house but rather a gruesome way to die. There is no other form of execution as gruesome as crucifixion. Sadly our culture has tamed down the death our Savior died in our place. The cross was horrific but Jesus willingly went in love knowing “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Have you pondered the cross? Have you pondered the blood that cleanses us from all unrighteousness? Have you considered the price that was paid for sin? Sin is serious. This isn’t some small problem we have but sin consumes us. We do not just sin but we are sinners. By nature we are inclined to sin. The significance of Jesus’ life and death ought to make us see our sinful souls that rebel against his holy law. There is only one solution to our problem: the cross. Jesus’ death on the cross is our hope to have access to Father. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). We do not have an issue with doing wrong every now and then but we are sinners and “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Too many people are not hearing the gospel. They want to work to pay the wages of sin instead of submitting to Christ. They try to cover sin up by works instead of the trusting in the cleansing blood of Christ. It’s like a leaky faucet. At work we have a leaky faucet in our upstairs bathroom that continually drips. Now the solution is not to tie a paper towel around the spigot because the dripping will just continue. Rather the solution is to find the problem then fix the faucet to stop the dripping for good. Like all analogies this one is not perfect but the point is we cannot cover up our sin with external works of our own righteousness because sin is not removed for good. Only trusting in the finished work of Christ can remove sin for good. Christ is the permanent solution to sin. He is the only solution for our problem. Don’t try to cover the problem with filthy rags but trust in the blood that makes a heart as white as snow. Christ's blood was shed so we could be forgiven because “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Before I end let me clarify a statement I made above speaking of sin being removed for good. Please do not hear me say we are perfect once we are redeemed. To some degree that is true but to the degree that we will never sin while here on earth it is not true. What I mean by sin being removed is once we are clothed in Christ’s perfect righteousness then the Father looks down on us and does not see us but sees us covered in his perfect Son’s righteousness. We will still sin but the Father looks upon us as if he is seeing his Son, Jesus Christ. Praise God for the shedding of his blood that cleanses us from all sin and covers us in the perfect righteousness of Christ.
"Oh, precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus"

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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