What is significant about blood? How does God, our Creator, define it?
But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
As our Creator, God has made us in such was as pleased Him. One of the major components of our physical existence is our blood, circulating through our body. Right at the beginning, in Genesis, God described its significance, as seen in today’s verse. A few books later we read: “For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life” (Lev. 17:14). How is that related to the theme of this book?
Today’s verse indicates that our blood is much more than red fluid; it’s our very life. That highlights the essence of these devotionals. When Jesus died and shed His blood, He poured out His life for us—all that His life accomplished and obtained.
Therefore, when we consider Jesus’ Blood, we consider the very life of Christ, from the moment of His birth till He cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30). The totality of His life, as contained in His blood, was given and poured out for us.
When we consider His life, we consider His immaculate righteousness. When John was reluctant to baptize Jesus, He said: “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15). Later on Jesus said: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17).
Jesus is the only One who could say: “I always do the things that are pleasing to him” (John 8:29). He fulfilled all righteousness—all right living. All His thoughts, emotions, motives, words, and actions had only one stamp: perfectly right.
The consummation of His life was in His death. Paul stated that as follows: “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). When He cried, “It is finished,” He had completed all righteousness and poured out His life for us.
Indeed, “Who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen” (Gal. 1:4-5). As we start our journey, let’s realize that His blood contains His whole life, freely given to us.
The Devotional Writer
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