My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday and we continue to give God glory for His grace and mercy…for so loving the world that He Himself atoned for our sins! It is amazing to me the number of people, even Christians, who would rather not discuss “the blood.” The number of times that I have been told that it is “just too horrible for me.” I thought I would find so simple words and ask God to open our hearts to understand that “the blood” gives us reason to shout. Only the One, True, and Living God could love us so much that He would give His Son as our Sacrificial Lamb. This truth is not to be avoided but embraced with such love that it causes us to worship this God as our Lord, Savior, and Greatest Treasure. Perhaps just one of the Scriptures or quotes below will cause you meditate on the loving goodness of God…bow before Him…and worship.
“The whole of the Old Testament, every book, points toward the Great Sacrifice that was to come—that of Jesus’ sacrificial giving of His own life on our behalf. Leviticus 17:11 is the Old Testament’s central statement about the significance of blood in the sacrificial system. God, speaking to Moses, declares: “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”
A “sacrifice” is defined as the offering up of something precious for a cause or a reason. Making atonement is satisfying someone or something for an offense committed. The Leviticus verse can be read more clearly now: God said, “I have given it to you (the creature’s life, which is in its blood) to make atonement for yourselves (covering the offense you have committed against Me).” In other words, those who are covered by the blood sacrifice are set free from the consequences of sin.”
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,
because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Revelation 5:9He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…Titus 3:5The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. Romans 3:25aFor this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14