~ We will continue our study of the book of Romans after Easter.
THE NEED FOR BLOOD
In the beginning there was no blood in the garden. The garden provided by God was perfect. The phrase “It was good” is used 9 times in the first two chapters of Genesis. Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” The Hebrew word for good is Towb meaning pleasantly excellent of its kind. Mankind fell in Genesis chapter 3. Genesis3:9 “Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” God knew where they were, humankind cannot hide from God. Looking at the heart, God is asking, “Where are you, how did you get here?” Sin separates us from fellowship with God. Sin is rebelliousness and disobedience. Sin is an inward inclination. Sin is not merely wrong acts, but sinfulness as well. It is an inherent inner disposition inclining us to wrong acts; motives are virtually as important as actions. Sin produced an immediate transformation of the relationship with God.
Before biting the fruit, Adam and Eve had evidently been on close and friendly terms with God. They trusted and obeyed him, and on the basis of Genesis 3:8, it can be concluded that they customarily had fellowship with God. After biting the fruit, all of this changed. They had violated the trust and the command of God, the relationship became quite different. They had placed themselves on the wrong side of God, and had in effect become his enemies. It was not God who had changed or moved, but Adam and Eve.
The first promise of redemption is given in Genesis 3:15 ESV “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." This verse is called the Protevangelium. The word means the first, (protos) gospel, (evangelion.) This is the first announcement of a Savior and Redeemer to sinful humanity. This verse also begins the “highway of the Seed.” The combined genealogies of both Matthew and Luke leading Christ back to Adam.
THE BLOOD ATONEMENT OF CHRIST
Isaiah 59:16 “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him.” The Lord was aware of Israel’s tragic condition and of the absence of anyone to intervene on His behalf. The Lord took it on Himself to change Israel’s condition through the intervention of His suffering servant. Jesus, the suffering servant of Isaiah 53 fulfills the OT need and purpose of atonement. Jesus Christ poured out His soul unto death as a trespass offering to God. Jesus Christ was counted as a common criminal. In Spite of this, Jesus Christ bore the sins of the world and prayed for his tormentors. The need for atonement was forgiveness of sin; Jesus Christ fulfills this OT need. We read in Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” Jesus fulfilled the OT purpose to put away God’s wrath against His people once and for all, 1 John 2:2 “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” Hebrews 9:12 reveals the work of Christ, “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”
Alongside the OT Passover, Jesus Christ is the NT Passover, 1 Corinthians 5:7 ESV “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” Jesus Christ’s blood would be shed as that of the Old Testament Passover lamb. It was the Passover lamb’s blood that protected Israel from God’s wrath. Jesus Christ’s blood protects believers from God’s eternal wrath and separation.
21 facts for the priceless blood of Christ
- Jesus Christ’s blood was innocent blood (Matthew 27:3-4).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was untainted blood (1 Peter 1:19).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was shed blood (Matthew 26:28).
- Jesus Christ blood was willingly given blood (John 10:18).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was acceptable blood. Unlike the blood of animals, the Father would accept the blood of His Son (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 10:4-5).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was all-sufficient blood. This is to say, it only had to be offered but once (Hebrews 7:27; 9:12).
- Jesus Christ blood was necessary blood (Hebrew 9:22).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was precious blood (1 Peter 1:19).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was “heaven opening” blood (Hebrew 10:19-20).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was reassuring blood (Hebrews 10:22).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was life-giving blood (John 6:53-54).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was unifying blood (Ephesians 2:13).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was reconciling blood (Colossians 1:20).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was overcoming blood (Revelation 12:11).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was protecting blood (1 Corinthians 5:7).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was sanctifying blood (Hebrews 13:12).
- Jesus Christ’s blood was ratifying blood (Hebrews 9:18-21).
- Jesus Christ’s blood will be condemning blood (Revelation 20:15).
- Jesus Christ’s blood will be avenging blood (Revelation 19:13).
Adam introduced Death, Christ dealt with death (John 11:25). Adam introduced Nakedness, Christ dealt with nakedness (John 19:23). Adam introduced Curse; Christ dealt with curse (Galatians 3:13). Adam introduced sorrow; Christ dealt with sorrow (Isaiah 53:3). Adam introduced thorns; Christ dealt with thorns (John 19:5). Adam introduced sweat, Christ dealt with sweat (Luke 22:44). Adam introduced sword, Christ dealt with sword (John 19:34). Paul shouted out the glorious results of Christ’s atoning mission. Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”
"At the heart of the story stands the cross of Christ where evil did its worst and met its match."
~ John W. Wenham
Have you received the gift of salvation through Jesus?
Do you see the cross as foolishness or the power of God?
God, in your love you came down. Fully man and fully God. Forgive me for neglecting and downplaying the price that was paid at the cross. Thank you for enduring the pain, insults and immense suffering in my behalf. I come in a spirit of humility before you today. God, keep my eyes on the cross, in Jesus name, AMEN.