February 26

Leviticus 17:11 11For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.

Blood brings life giving oxygen and nutrients to every cell in our bodies. It carries away the waste from every cell. Without this wonderful process of both bringing nutrition and carrying away waste, we quickly die. Our brains cease to function after only a short time without sufficient blood flow. Truly, blood is our physical life.

God told Moses that the reason He designed us this way was so that the blood could make atonement for us on the altar. It makes atonement or covering for our sins. As the priest slew the atonement sacrifice, he would gather the blood to sprinkle before the Ark of the Covenant where God's presence was manifest. The blood brings life and takes away impurity.

Man's rebellion against God is so serious that death alone is a sufficient penalty. Since life is in the blood, blood must be spilled as justice for sin. From the foundation of the earth, God determined that it would be the blood of His own Son. That was the only blood that could take away the impurity of the world. All other blood was insufficient to remove sin. Each person had their own sin that needed to be removed. The blood of animals was merely a picture of what was needed, until the sufficient blood was shed, the blood acceptable to God for the sins of the world.

Thank God today that He made a way to do what we could never do. Without the blood of Jesus there would be no hope for the removal of the impurities of our soul. Like a person with liver failure, you would have died on your own poisons. But the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sins.

Pray: Thank Him for the wonder that took place upon the cross.