Since the fall of man in the garden there has been a need for sacrifice. There has been a need for redemption. There has been the need for shed blood. It is by blood an atonement is made.
In the garden of Eden, according to the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve sinned. Shortly after their sin they found themselves to be naked and wanted to hide from God. It is fair to say at that point they understood guilt and shame. One small distinction between then and now is that today, even in the midst of guilt, there appears to be no shame. I really have to wonder if that is due to neglecting the knowledge of an omniscient, almighty, eternal God, to which every knee shall bow. Is the unbelief, the self-denial, really that bad throughout the world?
Before we get too far down the wrong path let me get back on point. Sin was introduced into the world. Because sin was introduced into the world, which is separation from God, there needed to be a way of reconciliation. God, therefore, presented to them animal skins. This indicates animals died, blood was applied, and a sacrifice was made.
Genesis:3:21: Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
There, at the very beginning of time, a way to overcome sin had been established. A way of reconciliation had been supplied to mend mans broken relationship with God. Man did not supply, man did not find the solution, man did not rectify the situation. God presented the answer. God had provided the blood necessary to cover that sin.
As we approach the Easter holiday, we think about family gatherings, Easter egg hunts, and for some, the annual trek to the nearest church. We ponder the cross, the death, the resurrection. This Easter, let me encourage you to also consider the blood.
1st John:1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Hebrews:9:22: And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Hebrews:10:10: By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews:10:11: And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Hebrews:10:12: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
We still have a need today for that precious blood that was poured out for us about two thousand years ago. There is no other blood that can cleanse our sin. There is no other blood, no other sacrifice that can mend a broken relationship with God, only the blood of Jesus Christ. What can make our sin, though it be as scarlet, white as snow? Nothing but the blood. God is still providing the sacrifice if you will accept.
Jesus still sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for you and for me. Why? It is because that blood, that sacrifice is still as much at work now as it was then. That blood is still cleansing all who call upon the Savior. That blood is still being applied every time someone confesses their sin, every time someone repents of sin, every time a person accepts Jesus as their Savior.
This Easter many sermons will be preached, many lessons will be taught. Take the time to give thanks to God, not only for the sacrifice, not only for the resurrection, but also the blood. It is His atoning blood that cleanses away all unrighteousness. If you have not yet taken the time, now is a great opportunity to call upon Jesus and ask Him to apply that precious blood to you and your life, to accept His work, and praise Him for that saving grace, that beautiful sacrifice, and the privilege to become a child of God.