“For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”Hebrews 9:13-14
I often think of the times in which we live and wonder how physically different it was back in the old days. No running water, no plumbing, and food that had to be harvested or hunted. We now have the convenience of all those things and the ability to store thousands of books on a single computer. All these things can make our life easier if we choose to use them correctly.
I think of the animal sacrifices people made in obedience to God’s command. I imagine it was an arduous task to take an animal and offer it in obedience to God. The animal was slaughtered and its blood shed to symbolically show the blood of the perfect Sacrifice, Jesus Christ. The act of going to the temple and offering a sacrifice required time, thought and in many instances significant cost and travel. The sacrifice was not taken lightly and this was a graphic reminder of the penalty of sin.
We live in an age in which Jesus Christ has already paid the full price for sin with His own blood, and we look back to His sacrifice. There is no need for the blood of goats and bulls as He cried on the cross, “It is finished!” We no longer have to travel to find atonement, but we simply have to turn to Him to find forgiveness of our sin. The blood of our Savior was a full and final payment and by His stripes we are healed.
We enjoy the convenience of His forgiveness, but we often neglect repentance. At times, we live as those there are no issues and we pretend to be spiritual and walking with God. We forget about the blood atonement, and we leave church the exact way we came in. We give God an hour on Sunday and hope that He is pleased with us. We live in these dead works and we choose not to serve the living God. When we choose to live this way, our hearing is dulled and the Holy Spirit serves as merely a suggestion and not as the authority in our lives.
Where are you today friend? Have you claimed the blood of the Lamb? Have you accepted His blood atonement for your sins? How about you Christian? Is your “sin account” current or is it overdrawn by your lusts and personal desires? Do you take time to confess and repent of your sins? Do you take advantage of the direct access you have to the Father? May we wash ourselves daily in the forgiveness of His blood, and may our account always be current with Him.