Christianity 101 & The Blood Sacrifice
If you look at the history of the world and things that are happening in the world today, can you see all the hate, all the violence, death, famine and evil? Man is terminally flawed. We ALL struggle with our flesh.
In the beginning Lucifer was with God but he rebelled against God and wanted to be like God, so he was cast out of heaven like lightning hitting the ground. God created man and gave him free reign except there was just one rule- ‘And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
But God did give man free will to choose (and God is waiting for you to choose Him). Lucifer, who was exiled, came along and deceived man, because he hates us, and tricked man to do the one thing God said not to. Lucifer knew it would mean our death. Man ate of the fruit, sinned against God and right then and there man was separated from God, this is spiritual death. This was the first time Adam and Eve had fear and they tried to hide from God. Many people don’t want to believe this because we don’t understand this, because of the spiritual death and separation from God. Your enemy, Satan, twisted this event into something that condemned us. Now, we were ALL born into sin that came into the world through one man. We are born into sin from the blood we inherited from our fathers, which they got from their fathers, so on and so on. We were all born into sin, we inherited death through sin and sin has separated us from God.
The Old Testament in the Holy Bible spans thousands of years leading up to, and preparing for, the coming of our Savior, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, to save us and to unite us with God. The coming of our savior, the messiah, the Christ, Jesus, was prophesied over and over. Here’s how it went-
Blood is sacred. Only through the shedding of blood is there remission of sin. Before the Messiah came to us, the only way to get good with God was through blood sacrifices of animals. But not just any animals, the absolute best animals the person owned. Back then people made a living and fed families with animals, animals were extremely valuable. So, the people needed to sacrifice the absolute best animals, not the weak or old ones they could do without, but the absolute best animals, the ones that were ‘perfect and without spot or blemish.’ This was commanded by God all throughout the Old Testament, prior to Jesus, all leading to and preparing for the blood of Jesus.
Blood is sacred. Jesus came of pure blood. God placed inside the virgin of virgin blood. However the virgin was still born into sin, inherited from her father’s blood. But biologically there is no blood transfer from mother to a fetus in the womb, so Jesus was born from God’s Spirit and of holy blood, pure, righteous and of no sin.
Before Jesus began His work and teachings, He went to the desert for 40 days to fast. Fasting glorifies God, it’s the denying of our flesh. Satan came to Jesus three times to tempt him away into sin. On the third time Jesus cast Satan away. Jesus was tempted, tested and passed with flying colors. Now Jesus was truly perfect and without spot or blemish. He would be the Lamb of God.
‘When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17
Jesus chose twelve people He would teach, His disciples who became the Apostles, they learned and followed Jesus for three years. Jesus went through the lands teaching the will of God, Jesus miraculously healed people from sickness, He gave sight to the blind, He raised people from the dead, He fed and served the people in need, and He cast out demons. The Jewish leaders took offense to Jesus. The Jews were God’s chosen people, they knew the Messiah would come one day but they rejected Jesus. They were caught up in selfishness, egos and things of this world but this was God’s plan, this is how it had to be for the next events to happen.
Jesus knew the end game, He knew that ultimately He came to this world to bleed and die on the cross. He knew He was the Lamb of God, perfect and without blemish. The crucifixion of Jesus was a blood sacrifice. Some might say the Jews murdered Jesus but Jesus surrendered to the cross by design, He went willingly. To exemplify this, when the Romans came in the night to capture Him, one of His disciples, Peter, tried to defend Him- ‘Jesus stopped Peter and said, “Permit even this. Shall I not drink from the cup which My Father has given me?”‘ (Luke 22:51; John 18:11)
Jesus was brought in front of the Roman ruler, Pilate, to defend himself. Pilate was trying to give Jesus a way out, because he knew Jesus was innocent, but Jesus said nothing to defend Himself. Jesus knew His death needed to happen. The Jews commanded His death. The crucifixion of Jesus was a blood sacrifice. It was a Holy, sacrificial ritual designed by God and commanded by God’s chosen people, the Jews… Jesus surrendered to the cross, collectively this all makes it a sacrifice.
Jesus was crucified with two others with Jesus in the center, three total. One rejected Him but the other asked for Him, ‘”but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (This is much how it is today, people will reject Jesus for no cause, and others will receive Him just by asking for Him.)
‘Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.’ (Mark 15:25) (crucified but not dead)
‘Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.’ (Mark 15:33) (darkness over the land- this was all the sin of man coming to Jesus for Him to inherit)
‘And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”‘ (Mark 15:34) (Right here Jesus inherited the sin of man, the sin of the world, and sin separated Jesus from God for the first time ever, Jesus cried out) (it’s interesting that all three times of day are roots of 3. The number 3 is significant)
This was prophesied. Jesus on the cross, His blood shed for us is the new the blood covenant. This is the path designed by God for us to receive salvation, it had to happen this way and that’s why the bible nearly ends there. Jesus’ last dying breath on the cross was, “It is finished!” (John 19:30)
Sin entered into the world through one man, Adam, and the salvation for the world, our sins are paid for, from One Man, Jesus- ‘Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned; much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.’ Romans 5:12, 15
As Jesus predicted, He rose from the dead three days later, now He is God incarnate, he defeated satan and death. 40 days later, He ascended to heaven. He did this for us and to be with us, this is the greatest rescue mission of mankind. But to complete the rescue mission we must confess to and receive Jesus. He took our sin, He paid our price, He did the work, all to be with us. All we need to receive Him, it’s easy, just ask for Him.
‘For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’ (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) (btw, Jesus doesn’t lie, no one means no one)
Even if you don’t want to believe in Jesus… don’t you wish you did? Don’t you wish you had a God who would do these things for you? Don’t you wish you didn’t need to earn your salvation and all you need to do is receive Him who is about love, peace, healing and forgiveness? Our brains aren’t big enough to understand everything because of the sin that separated us from God. Trust in the Lord, surrender to the Lord as he surrendered to the cross, for you. When you truly receive Him, you receive true clarity and peace. Holy Spirit transformation is for real. He is real, He is alive, He is here.