…but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another. And the blood of Jesus His son cleanses us from all our sin. 1 John 1:7 NASB
I went to my doctor recently for my annual checkup. Yes, the dreaded, “Here’s your paper gown. It opens in the front!” Before my doctor entered the room to check every orifice of my body, the nurse asked a familiar list of questions:
“Are you on any new medications?”
“How’s your blood pressure.”
“Are you in any pain right now?” (Other than the embarrassment of this gown?)
And then the question that might tempt me to lie… but then, what’s the use?
“How is your cholesterol?”
You see, I know I can say it is fine and that my diet is on track and I’m losing weight…well, that myth was abolished on the scale as I weighed in! But I know that once my blood is taken, all light will be shown on the subject! You see, blood does not lie. Whatever I’ve consumed and however disciplined I have been, or failed to be, will be shown in a number of blood panels, liver enzymes, cholesterol levels and a myriad of other test results. The knowledge that my own blood will tell the tale causes restraint in my eating and a surrender of my pride to try to appear more disciplined than I am. The bottom line; the outcome, either good or bad, depends on me.
But oh, dear friend, the outcome of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and what it means for us depended solely on Him! His blood covered our sins and took them away! He died for all of us and declared from the cross, “It is finished!” John 19:30. That means, He did the work. The scriptures paint a vivid picture for us of His completed work on our behalf and our benefits because of His sacrifice:
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. Isaiah 53:4-6 NASB
Jesus died in the place of all sinners. His blood would remove the sins of the world for all who put their faith in Him. This sacrifice would never have to be repeated; it is an eternal covenant.
So, my blood was taken and the results were pretty good. I have more work to do. As I removed the bandage from my forearm later in the day, I notice a small trace of red blood on the cotton. I had to bow my head and thank God for His sacrifice. For you see, His blood stains my sins white.
To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
I offer a prayer of sincere thanksgiving for Your blood sacrifice. Thank You for being obedient to Your Father and going to the cross for me. May I never forget that You gave Your life for me, so that one day I might live with You in eternity. Because Your blood has redeemed us, we are now new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and by His blood we are freed from sin to serve the living God, to glorify Him and to enjoy Him forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.