“The blood of Jesus washes me, and it shall never lose its power Shall never, shall never lose its power…”
This was one of my favorite songs growing up in church. I was born and raised in the church, so I got to hear a lot of different songs, and it baffles me that this song was and is one of my favorite ones. Maybe it’s because it’s easy to learn and sing. Maybe…., I don’t know, but today, this is my favorite song because of the significance of the blood of Jesus. Recently the Lord and I have been talking about the blood and its importance. One of the first things God did in the Garden after the fall of mankind was kill an animal and clothe Adam and Eve. That was the first atoning sacrifice made. When He covered them with the skin and blood of the animal, He was showing them how to commune with Him in their fallen state.
The question on my mind was why did it have to be blood. Why couldn’t it have been grass, or the figs they covered themselves with. In my seeking of the answer, God led me to Leviticus 17:11. One of the reasons why I love God is He keeps His word. He told us that if we seek, we will find whatever it is we are seeking. However, our search must be based on scripture. Anyway, Leviticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’” When God was creating mankind, the blood that flowed in Adam had its origin from God. Adam’s blood was pure, but when he sinned, his blood became contaminated with sin. The only blood that could pay the price for what was done had to be pure and it had to be divine. God used the lamb’s blood as a temporary solution till He could get a person with divine blood walking on the earth. If you notice, the lamb had to be unblemished. Many times, when I would read the requirements of the sacrifices and see that the lamb had to blemish, I would think that God was just being high maintenance. But on the contrary, He had to lower the standard out of His mercy.
Hebrews 9:13-14, “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Hebrews 10:4, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”
When Jesus came and shed His blood, it had a different impact than that of bulls and goats. The blood of bulls and goats could only cover or atone for sin. The blood of Jesus being more powerful than that, removed or took away sins. Remember what John Baptist said in John 1:29, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” When we say that ‘We are washed by the blood of Jesus’ or ‘Covered by the blood of Jesus’ it has a completely different meaning from the Old Testament people who used the blood of the lamb to cover them or wash them.
In the Old Testament when they were covered by the blood of the Lamb they were still sinners. Their identity didn’t change, they were the same. When we are washed and covered by the blood of Jesus we completely change. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” I become new and spotless, verse 21 tells us what we become, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” We become the righteousness of God.
So now when I sing that song today, I sing it because I know who I have become in Christ Jesus.
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