Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you (John 6:53, KJV)
This week is special in the Christian Calendar. It is the week we remember the death and resurrection of the Lord. His body was broken and His blood shed for us. Let me briefly discuss the blood of Jesus here.
The first and most salient point is the blood of Jesus we use today in that the faith is NOT the physical blood of Jesus. This looks obvious, but it is very important we genuinely comprehend this. When Jesus told the Jews above that they had to drink His blood to get life, they got offended. Even if Jesus poured out His physical blood and gave it to them to drink, it would have been no good to them. When scripture says Jesus entered heaven with His own blood(Heb 9:12), please do not think for a second that Jesus had a container of His blood with Him as He entered heaven! Blood, in summary, represents life. Jesus’s blood refers to His life. Life is spiritual and not physical.
The next important issue to consider here is the meaning of the shedding of Jesus’ blood. When scriptures speak of Jesus’s blood being shed, it is not just referring to Him bleeding from the wounds of His body. Yes, He physically bled, but that is not the heart of the issue. Neither is it merely talking about His death. The shedding of the blood of Christ refers to His death or giving of His life and the manner in which that was done. The manner was the violence, the dehumanizing suffering and anguish, and the agony of death by crucifixion. He had to suffer. There are many ways Jesus could have died. The simplest one would have been for Him to wait until He just got old and died from old age. That would still have been death, but it would not have got the job done. Jesus’ death was not the entire story. He had to die in a particular way.
For Jesus’s blood to mean anything to us, it had to be shed. The suffering and grief were so horrible that He is called the “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”. What makes our Saviour so dear to our hearts is that He knew what the shedding of His blood would mean. He knew He did not have to do it for Himself. However, He did it for the benefit of others. And who are those “others”? Me and you, who were lost in sin, rebellious, disobedient, enjoying the pleasures of sin and dancing towards the gates of hell, worthy of divine wrath and punishment. Yet, He loved us and willingly accepted to endure such agony from the same people He came to help. His physical blood was shed. His life was laid down in death, willingly. And He laid it down in agony, suffering, and anguish of soul. His blood to you and me represents His life, laid down in death and suffering as an offering to the Father so that we can become what we are today— children of the living God, free from sin and filled with the Spirit!
If you have understood the meaning of the blood of Jesus, I will move on tomorrow to show you how we apply the blood. The Israelites were instructed by God to apply the blood of the lamb, a type of the blood of Christ, on the doorposts during Passover. They sometimes sprinkled or poured the blood of sacrificial animals. They were doing things which were a SHADOW of the real things in Christ. God has not called you in Christ today to do these things the Jews did in the Old Testament. He has called you to do enjoy the reality of what they were doing ceremonially. I cannot wait to share this with you tomorrow. Until then, please ensure you have understood this devotional. Your salvation is free to you. It meant the blood of God’s Son. Enjoy the benefits with fear and awe in your hearts, singling, and giving Him praise for His sacrificial love for us.
What is the symbolic meaning of the “shedding of the blood of Christ”?
APPLY THE WORD
Jesus told us to remember Him as often as we take the communion elements. To remember means you bring something back to the front of your mind. Yes, He wants you to consciously remember and think about the fact that His blood was shed for you. Remember the cross. Remember the suffering. Remember the mockery and shame. Remember the agony of death by crucifixion. Then give Him thanks. Honor His death by not living a sinful life and also fully enjoying the benefits of eternal life!
Thank the Lord Jesus for shedding His blood for us.