Blood, What Is It?

When God warned the Israelites concerning life in the blood, He said, As for the life of all flesh, the blood of it represents the life of it… you shall not partake of the blood of no kind of flesh…for the life of all flesh is its blood (Lev. 17:14). I have given it for you upon the altar to make atonement for your soul; for it is the blood that makes atonement, by reason of the life (Lev. 17:11); so without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Heb. 9:22). This is a fact warned by the Lord God from the beginning when He accepted the sacrifice of Abel, which was from the firstborn of his flock, but He rejected Cain’s which was from the fruit of the ground (Gen. 4). It was only through the shedding of blood of animals that atonement could be made for sins. But the blood of animals was insufficient to atone for the sins of men permanently. For that, God’s plan of salvation was to be performed through the blood of His Son, YAHSHUA, Whose blood was and is the only blood that can and could redeem men. That was God’s own blood.   YAHSHUA’S blood is eternal. It never died when it was shed at the time of His crucifixion. It is still alive today two thousand years later and it will always be.

When He shed His blood, YAHSHUA gave us eternity with Him. To the Israelites He gave the blood of animals upon their altars as a shadow of what was going to come. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews gives us a good perspective on the subject: For since the Law has merely a rude outline of the good things to come- instead of fully expressing those things- it can never by offering the same sacrifices continually year after year make perfect those who approach For if it were otherwise, would [these sacrifices] not have stopped being offered? Since the worshipers had once for all been cleansed, they would no longer have any guilt or consciousness of sin. Bur [as it is] these sacrifices annually bring a fresh remembrance of sins [to be atoned for], because the blood of bulls and goats is powerless to take sins away. Hence, when He [Christ] entered into the world, He said, Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but instead You have made ready a body for Me [to offer] (Heb. 10:1-4).

The manner in which He was sacrificed was not on the Jewish altar. It was on a hostile Gentile altar- the Roman at the time. They merciless took YAHSHUA’S body and cut through by scourging Him; His entire body suffered the horror of their hatred for Him, including the crown of thorns. Unrecognizable, they all –Jews and Gentiles, rejected Him while His blood was being poured out for them and life was offered them in exchanged for their hatred for Him.  He became an object of horror and astonishment for many who witnessed the condition of His body at the hands of the Romans. He was considered deserving of the punishment by all, while ignoring the fact that He was being stricken to His death for the transgression of Jews and Gentiles alike. When God said, I have given it (the blood) to you upon the altar to make atonement for your soul, He was directing the attention of the Jewish nation to the time when He was going to give them the blood of His only son upon the altar to atone for their sins once and for all.

The blood of His Son did not cry for vengeance, but for forgiveness for those who were sacrificing Him: “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they are doing.” Those who accepted and believed His sacrifice to be for the atonement of their sins were sprinkled with it and eternity entered their spirit with life eternal. Even after they physically die, spiritually they will live forever. YAHSHUA told the multitude, He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up  on the last day; He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood dwells continually in Me and I in him ( John 6:54,56). He speaks here of the new birth- born of the Spirit. Eating His flesh and drinking His blood is laying hold of His atoning sacrifice once and for all. It is believing His word. To Martha, at the death of her brother Lazarus, He said, I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, although he may die, yet he shall live (John 11:25). God, in the fullness of time, and in a supernatural way presented His Son as a gift of salvation to the world. It was by means of His Son’s blood that eternal life entered the spirit of men through faith. Figuratively speaking, He was considered the Lamb of God, for the role He was going to take as the atoner of our sins. With His blood He purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation (Rev. 5: 8b).  As our physical body needs blood to survive, so our spirit depends on the blood of YAHSHUA for it to come alive.  Life eternal is not based on good works we do, but on the blood of the new Covenant- the blood of YAHSHUA. Apart from His blood there is no salvation one can depend on. His blood forgives, heals, cleanses and saves. It gives life to our spirit- life that will never die.

Our blood although complex as it is, it is never to be compared to the blood of the One Who created us.  He became man for a short time, but not of the desire of man; conceived by the Holy Spirit into the womb of Mary, therefore, He is without the influence of sin, and He is sinless; He was still God in all the sense of the word. Our blood is mortal; His is immortal. We are created by Him; He has neither beginning and nor end. When we sinned our blood received the curse of sins of iniquity, which has passed from generation to generation without end; our blood then has become contaminated. His is pure, not being conceived by man. Only His precious blood can cleanse men’s blood and make it whole. His is the only blood that can reconcile men to God. His blood is the transporter of forgiveness to all who “eat His flesh and drink His blood.” How amazing the blood of YAHSHUA! Don’t go on without it, or you will die eternally in your sins.


Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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