Once for all

Hebrews 9:22

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus…

Hebrews 10:19

Centuries before Hebrews was penned, Moses had written “the blood is the life”; “the life is in the blood” (Deut.12:23; Lev.17:11). How true! In a moment of life-and-death a physician is likely to give his first effort to feel for the patient’s pulse… the pulse of blood. Indeed, the blood is life. Physically there is nothing more precious than blood.

Peter writes that we were redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (I Pet.1:19). Certainly, our own blood is precious, but the blood of Christ is available to give us life eternal, which is certainly far more than solely the physical realm. Consider and meditate on a few of the unfathomable aspects of the shed blood of Christ. First, remember His was royal blood. He truly is and was the Son of God (see Matt. 27:54). Incredibly He gave “His own blood” (Heb. 9:12). Second, His blood was pure, “without spot” (Heb. 9:14). Thirdly, Christ was not a martyr, but as a Savior “He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Heb. 9:26).

As F.B Meyer comments: “On Calvary the blood flowed from His head crowned by thorns– cleansing the sins of our thought; from His hands and feet for our sins of deed and walk; from His side that it might wipe out the sins of our affections, as well as tell us of His deep and fervent love, which could not be confined within the four chambers of His heart, but must find vent in falling on the earth.”

The blood of our great God and Savior Jesus put away sin “once for all” (Heb.10:10).

His blood shed, not for simple one generation, but for all of time. His blood shed, not for a few of the well behaved, but for all of mankind. Because of His blood, my sin is entirely done away with… as far as the east is from the west; in the deepest of seas; blotted out like a thick cloud; and put behind His back (Ps. 103:12; Micah 7:19; Acts 3:19; Isa. 44:22; Isa. 38:17). Truly our life is in the blood.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

How appropriate the exclamation mark which concludes the last verse!