Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Friday, December 14, 2018

The Shedding of Blood

Without shedding of blood is no remission.
Hebrews 9:22

One fact this text establishes is that the Saviour of sinners must shed His blood to provide them with pardon. The word shedding literally means outpouring. Christ poured out His precious blood during the hours of His death agony, and He did so voluntarily. It was not a spilling of His blood in some accidental fashion, but a willing outpouring of it to make atonement for sin.

The Lord, in the days His flesh, often referred to the shedding of His blood. He spoke of giving His life for the sheep (John 10:11) and of laying down His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45), terms which show the necessity of the shedding of blood. Since the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11), for the life to be given, the blood must be shed. That fact was typified innumerable times in the Old Testament Levitical economy. Thousands of sacrifices were offered in the tabernacle and temples of Israel, involving the shedding of an incalculable volume of blood. As the opening words of the text state, Almost all things are by the law purged with blood. There was blood everywhereon the altar, on the curtains, on the priests garments, and on the mercy seat. What did this signify but that the Redeemer who would come to Zion would shed His blood in a voluntary fashion?

However, let us not miss the major thrust of the verse. The blood was shed to secure pardon for sin. Consequently, there is no other means of obtaining pardon but through that precious blood. Here is a text that destroys every bloodless theology, every human effort to obtain forgiveness. At the same time, however, it brings hope to guilty sinners. It tells of a full satisfaction for sin. It indicates that your sinsinnumerable, immeasurable, incalculable though they becan all be pardoned. Have you received that pardon? If not, come and trust in the shed blood today.

The magnitude of the sacrifice which our sins called forth manifests the supreme folly of looking elsewhere for their forgiveness.
G. B. Wilson

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