Saturday, February 27, 2021
“The Blood of the Covenant”
By Carol Sue Hutchinson
Passage: Hebrew 9:20-22
Forgiveness is a difficult concept to fulfill. It usually requires us to go to someone we know and ask forgiveness for something we did. It first requires us to acknowledge that we did something wrong. It is an extremely humbling act of contrition.
Verse 20: “He (Jesus) said, This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” And Verse 22 says “In fact the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
In the Jewish religion, every time you came to the temple to pray and seek forgiveness, you were required to bring the appropriate animal for sacrifice. The type of animal depended on the type of forgiveness you needed. Every time you needed forgiveness you needed a sacrificial animal to shed blood for you.
Jesus’ death and resurrection changed that. Jesus became the blood sacrifice once for everyone who believes. The shedding of blood is no longer necessary but the need for seeking forgiveness is needed.
Why the shedding of blood? Blood is the symbol of life. Blood keeps us alive. Jesus shed his blood – gave his life – for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to experience spiritual death (eternal separation from God). Jesus is the source of life. He rose from the grave and proclaimed victory over the grave.
Forgiveness is still hard. We may not have to shed blood by sacrificing an animal but each time we seek forgiveness, it is possible because Jesus shed blood for us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us realize the importance of seeking forgiveness and offering forgiveness to others. You gave us life which enables us to share your love and grace with others. Amen