Friday, April 10, 2009

His Blood Was Shed For Us

Good Friday was not a good day for Jesus Christ. True, it was the beginning of the atonement for our sins but the price to be paid was great. Dan Phillips over at "Pyromaniacs" explains the contrast between the blood sacrifice, the cross and the price of our salvation...

A holy day- not a pretty day

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. ~ Hebrews 9: 22

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. ~ 1 Peter 1: 18-19

But what does "the blood" mean in Scripture? It means not merely suffering, which might be well typified by blood, but it means suffering unto death, it means the taking of a life. To put it very briefly, a sin against God deserves death as its punishment, and what God said by the mouth of the prophet Ezekiel still standeth true, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." The only way by which God could fulfill his threatening sentence, and yet forgive guilty men, was that Jesus Christ, his Son, came into the world, and offered his life instead of ours ~ Charles Spurgeon (MTP, vol. 40, p. 325).

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. ~1 Corinthians 15: 3-4