For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself … whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross
Only the blood of Jesus – only the blood of His cross – reconciles us to the Father. Only His blood makes peace between us and God.
When the Nile River turned into blood in the first plague of Egypt, every stream ran red and the water in every vessel in every home turned to blood. That blood did not save us.
When Solomon dedicated the Temple, he sacrificed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So much blood – but those offerings could not wash away their sins.
The Roman army surrounded Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The city was decimated, the Temple was destroyed, and over one million people, mostly Jews, were killed. Their blood could not bring us into right relationship with God.
The only blood that can remove the stain of sin from our souls is the blood of the Lamb of God slain for the redemption of many. With heaven and earth watching, Emmanuel bled His life away. From His head, His hands, His feet, His brow, and His side, His blood poured out for each one of us.
Only His blood bought our forgiveness, our hope, our future, and everlasting life.