Life Is in the Blood

Wendy Pope

Day: 27 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews

Today's Reading: Leviticus 17

Leviticus 17:11 (NIV) “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”

I’ve always been squeamish about blood and around blood; therefore, I tend to skim over passages of Scripture that deal with blood. Today’s key verse was no different. Yet as my eyes skimmed, my spirit stirred. The words, “life ... is in the blood” jumped off the page. I shoved the queasy feeling aside and paused.

As our key verse indicates, a sacrifice had to be made, blood had to be shed in order to atone, or satisfy an individual’s sin. It was the blood that made the purification possible. The blood satisfied the wrongdoing and an exchange was made: one life for another.

The priests were given specific instructions about the blood: it must be drained from the sacrifice on the altar. (Leviticus 1:15) The sacrifice remained on the altar until it was completely void of life.

Fast forward to an altar called Golgotha and a carved sign that read, “The King of the Jews.” The sign hung over Jesus’ head while his lifeless, ravaged body hung on the cross. To ensure the certain death of Jesus, "One of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water” (John 19:34).  The blood was drained from His body on the altar of Calvary to satisfy all our wrongdoing  and to give eternal life. The life is in the blood; one life is exchanged for another. Jesus sacrificed His spotless life for you and me just as the priest sacrificed the blemish-free animal.

His life ended that day, but three days later He rose from the dead. Today He is alive and because of His sacrifice you and I can live eternally with Him when we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus is Lord. I believe! Do you? 

Prayer: Lord, the connection between the Old Testament sacrifice and the death of Jesus can’t be ignored. Your Word is consistent and sure. Thank You for being my perfect sacrifice. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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