In Genesis 4 when Cain killed his brother Abel, God told him that his brother’s blood cried out to him from the ground. The shedding of his brother’s blood led to a curse in Cain’s life which also drove him from the ground. Abel died an unwilling sacrifice which caused a curse, from his murder on the earth. Jesus died a willing sacrifice to set us free and to redeem us to God. His blood removed the curse of mankind and speaks life and salvation through a new covenant. “And to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24).
Old Testament sacrifices of blood were used to cleanse from sin and to protect the saints. It was the blood on the doorpost in Egypt, that protected the Israelites when the angel of death passed through the city (Exodus 12). The blood of Jesus Christ was shed as a sacrifice for our sins and it protects us from the enemy. “For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate” (Hebrews 13:11-12).
What a relief to know that we no longer have to provide animals to be offered up as a sacrifice for us. Imagine the backlash that the church would encounter from human rights activists, if this was still practiced today. We now live through the eternal covenant of the blood of Jesus Christ, which equips us with everything good (Hebrews 13:21). The Passover supper is symbolic of the new covenant and seals our promise as heirs of Christ. We take the Lord’s support in remembrance of his sacrifice.
The blood of Jesus covers our sins, failures, our home and our family. The life in his blood speaks into every dead situation and commands new life to spring forth. There is healing, deliverance and victory in the blood of Jesus Christ. We apply the blood to our families, our marriage, finances, careers and places of employment. And as we apply the blood we are assured of the covering from dangers seen and unseen. The blood of Jesus Christ is a weapon of war against the adversary. “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed” (Isaiah 53:5).