Bible Lesson: Hebrew 9:11-15
Theme Verse: Vs 12b. But He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
Dr. Robert E. Coleman writes in his book The New Covenant that once he heard about a boy who appeared at a mission hospital along with his friend in Kenya with a gaping wound in his foot. He had been accidentally injured while cutting grass far out in the jungle. Part of his heel was cut off. Without waiting to inform anyone of the mishap, the two boys set out across country to find the mission station where they had heard medical help was available. Every time the little foot touched the sandy ground it left faint trace of blood. The journey was long and difficult, but at last they arrived. After a time the boy’s mother appeared. The doctors were surprised that she found the way. There were no well-defined trails, and she had never made the trip before. “How did you do it?” she was asked. The dear woman, overjoyed to be with her child, replied, “Oh, it was easy. I just followed the blood!”
Blood is the vital fluid that courses throughout the human and animal flesh and without this there is no life. Blood not only circulates food and oxygen but it also fights diseases that enters the body and removes the waste products. I remember when my father’s haemoglobin drastically came down, his body became pale and we started looking for healthy donors so that nothing worse may happen. At last, by God’s grace he was healed. Hence to save someone’s life, blood becomes the important component. The blood and life are often used interchangeably in the scripture and for this reason God commanded the Israelites not to use it for food. For Biblical writers the eternal life is much more important than the life in this world. The scarlet thread is beautifully seen running from the book of Genesis to Revelation.
In the book of Leviticus, once a year High Priest used to enter into the Most Holy Place with animal’s blood for the forgiveness of sins committed by Israelites (Lev. 16:5ff.). But in New Testament Jesus Christ our great High Priest enters into the Most Holy Place with His sacrificial blood once for all to give eternal redemption to all humankind. In the Garden of Eden God gave His own breath [His life] to Adam but due to Adam’s sin and the death resulting from sin we all were alienated from God. We lost all our inheritance in the Garden of Eden but to give us the eternal life God gave His precious blood [His life] on the cross of Calvary. Therefore, before Christ came to the earth, man suffered two great losses: first, he suffered because of Adam’s sin and second he suffered because he could not keep God’s law. Praise the Lord! The blood of Lord Jesus Christ has solved these two problems forever. The blood of Lord Jesus not only reconciles us to God (Col. 1:20), but also brings God Himself to us (Rom. 8:32).
The OT sacrifices were a foreshadowing of the perfect one to come – a setting forth in advance of “the heavenly things.” The animal blood after the sacrifice was used to sanctify those who were outwardly unclean but had no power to cleanse their consciousness. The blood of Christ is of infinite value; its power is sufficient to cleanse all the sins of all the people and also purifies us from the conscience of sins. Of course, its power is applicable only to those who come to Him by faith. But its cleansing potential is unlimited. Blood of Christ represents God’s holy and sacrificial love for the whole world. When we drink it, we get eternal life; when we are covered with it we are protected; when we accept it by faith we are cleansed and redeemed. Blood helps us to be the part of the New Covenant which is an everlasting one through which we are made perfect to do God’s will. Jesus said in Matthew 26: 28 ‘for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ Christians should believe that we have overcome the world by the blood of the Lamb and this blood gives confidence to enter into the Most Holy Place. Andrew Murray says, ‘where the holy blood of the Lamb is sprinkled, there God dwells, and Satan is put to flight.’
Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood. Lewis E. Jones