There are three responses to Jesus’ sacrifice. This post is part of my book launch: Jesus’ Blood: Our Only Hope and Plea
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.
God’s holy, righteous, and good law states: “But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Ex. 21:23-25). Many times we think or say, “That’s not fair!” Within us, there’s an innate, God-given sense of justice. We even state things like, “He’ll pay for that,” either literally or figuratively. When we’re wronged, we want justice.
Last time we saw that the blood refers to one’s life. Here we see the same: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” Ultimately, this verse points to Jesus and His life. The author of Hebrews stated that as follows: “For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near” (Heb. 10:1). The sacrificial system is a shadow of Jesus’ sacrifice.
In our modern, humanistic society, the idea of blood sacrifices seems preposterous and cruel. The issue, however, isn’t based on whether or not we consider it absurd and harsh, but if it’s based on truth and reality? For the most part, we’ve lost the concept of a holy God who created us to live in accordance with His will.
While we’ve removed God from our culture, it doesn’t diminish the reality that there’s a holy God to whom we are accountable. We can try to “suppress the truth” (Rom. 1:18), but that doesn’t mean it disappears. We can refuse to acknowledge God (Rom. 1:28), but that doesn’t erase Him as the grand reality in this universe.
Man has willfully sinned against God and greatly offended Him. There’s a just price to pay for that. He will require it from us. Nevertheless, in His great love and mercy, He has given us a way of escape by providing a substitute—One who will “make atonement for your souls” by giving His life on our behalf.
Paul wrote that the message of atonement is a stumbling block to religious and moral people, who think they’re good in and of themselves. He also wrote that the humanistic mind considers it folly. However, to those who realize their need for such an atonement, it’s “the power of God and the wisdom of God,” because they believe in Jesus’ finished work (see 1 Cor. 1:21-24).
The Devotional Writer
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