Hebrews 9:22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.
IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS
When we turn back to the Old Testament of the Bible, we see that after sin entered into the world, God required the blood of animals for the atonement of the sins that men committed.
Leviticus 16:29 ...in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you.
Leviticus 16:30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.
2 Chronicles 29:24 And the priests killed them [he goats], and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.
Leviticus 16:15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the
bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat.
Leviticus 16:16 And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.
Hebrews 10:4 ...it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Consequently, the Levitical priesthood had to keep offering sacrifices, not just for the sins of the people but for their own sins, too. They had to sacrifice over and over again, year in and year out. A better sacrifice was needed.
About 600 years before the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, God told his people, the children of Israel, that he was going to make a new covenant with them.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.
Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, "Knowthe LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
The shedding of the blood of animals under the Old Testament was a picture of what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would do in the New Testament.
THE NEW TESTAMENT: THE BLOOD OF JESUS, THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
The old tabernacle had to be sanctified by the sprinkling of blood, nothing could be considered as purified without the mark of shed blood. So it is in our spiritual life, it is the shed blood of Jesus that brings about the forgiveness of our sins.
I was thinking about the film Titanic, and remembering that the vessel had been built in Belfast, I wondered why it's sinking was such a disaster. As I thought about it I realized the reason was there was not enough lifeboats to evacuate all those on board. The 20 lifeboats that Titanic did carry could only accommodate a few hundred, despite the fact that there were 2,224 on board. If everyone had insisted on getting into the lifeboats they would have sunk anyway because of the overcrowding and no one would have survived. Many gave up their lives so others could live.
That brings the question: Would you choose death so someone else could live?
Jesus chose death so you and I could be saved, He was in a way our lifeboat. He shed His blood at Calvary so anyone who believes can be released from the penalty of their sins.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
All you have to do is ask for forgiveness and accept it and live your life for Him.
Dr. Norman Campbell
FAMILY FAITH CENTRE
160 Centenary Dr [PVAC Building] Mill Park 3082 (on corner of Plenty Rd and Centenary Dr)
We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!
We are WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park so if you are not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be welcome. God has been blessing those that come along many have got new jobs, or new or replacement cars, much blessings.
We were able send $40,000 to orphans in Philippines a few months ago. Just recently we gave our totally Sunday morning offering to another local church just to bless them and encourage their young pastor.
We are now supporting a children's outreach in Romania!
It's exciting what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.