CGF Director Steve Burdick talks about why the blood of Jesus is so important, not just for Christians, but for everyone today. Check out his presentation at Bridgeway Christian Church in Rocklin, CA.
The Infinite Flood of Grace
The first sacrifice was actually made on behalf of Adam and Eve’s sin
And their sin was covered, though there was a consequence. There was a separation because sin leads to death and a separation from that perfect and holy God. God says, “I’m going to do something. I’m going to bring you back.”
And the whole rest of the Scripture—66 books, written by 45 different authors over a 1500-year period of time in three different languages on three different continents from people from all different walks of life.
And yet in all of that, in all these Scriptures that we have, there’s one message of redemption that takes place—the redemption of God. Bringing sinful, imperfect people back to a right relationship with him. And this passage really unpacks the conclusion of what that sacrifice was for us.
Nothing But the Blood of Jesus
We think about the blood and we think about the cross and it kind of seems a bit morbid. Why do we sing these songs (like), “Nothing but the blood of Jesus?”
Think about it like this.
What if you sat down for a nice meal with your neighbors and you looked up on their wall. And you saw a big huge picture of a guy hanging from a noose. Wouldn’t that be kind of weird? But we see a picture of Jesus hanging on somebody’s wall and we think, “Wow, they must be Christians.”
But Jesus is hanging on a cross. It’s a brutal form of the death penalty during the Roman Empire…but when when we see a cross hanging from a rear-view mirror, we don’t think anything of it. We think, “Wow, that’s pretty cool.”
Because the cross symbolizes something.
The blood of Jesus did something for us.
The Ultimate Symbol of Grace
When we look up at the cross and we see Jesus hanging on it, we think of what that means. It should remind us that that should have been us. Because our sin was so serious that it took the Son of the Living God—the perfect one, the one that was without sin—to go to that cross and hang on it for you and for me. To do something to forgive us for our sins.
Both our sin and his cleansing are beyond measure.
We don’t fully understand it, but Hebrews 9:11-28 will help us unpack what the significance of his blood really means for us today.
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