Some years ago I set out to answer a question that interested me. That question was: “Why did Jesus have to shed His blood in order for me to enjoy what He offers all?” Having given some thought to this, in systematic form, I offer it for your consideration. What I have offered may not be necessary to know because the Lord stated it succinctly in Romans 5:6-8.
- Life is in the blood. Leviticus 17:10-11
- Man is a rational creature, one who can exercise volition.
- Man’s choice is to serve self. Jeremiah 10:23
- Life (blood) in man is tainted with sin. Romans 3:23
- Sin separates man from God. Isaiah 59:1-2
- God wants all men to be saved. 1 Timothy 2:4
- God’s remedy. John 3:16
- Man’s response. Ephesians 2:8-10
1. Life is in the blood.
2. Man, however, can’t atone for (or reconcile) himself to God with his own blood because of his own sin.
- The Lord has used the material product of blood (the Lord’s creation) to address the spiritual failings of man (that which he chose to create in his own life).
- If the Lord chose to use man’s own blood to atone for his sin, this would result in his spiritual death because only blood can atone for sin, but in this case man’s blood is “tainted” with sin – thus, no atonement.
- Moreover, man cannot do anything good enough on his own to eradicate the sin “tainted” blood flowing through his veins.
- In God’s mercy He chose not to give to man that which was his just due: physical death which followed his spiritual death (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27).
3. God gave some men (Israel) a substitute to address his sin (failings).
- This is the nature of animal sacrifices.
- This substitute was adequate to only a certain degree, and not in the ultimate degree. Acts 13:39
- Life was sacrificed, but the life sacrificed was not freely given by the victim.
- With animals there is no volition, but with the worshiper there is. Since he can’t offer his own blood to atone for his guilt and since the blood of animals is not adequate (Hebrews 10:1-4)…..
4. Jesus (John 3:16, cf. Romans 7:24 – 8:4)